iDVD, DVD Studio support for external DVD-R

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by phantommaul, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    i am planning to buy a PB 15" with 1.25 and combo drive, is it possible to connect an external DVD burner and use it with iDVD, DVD studio pro or not ??
     
  2. thread starter macrumors member

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    answering my own question

    from apple support site
    it is a shame apple acts so selfish about the use of superdrive. i managed to get a combo powerbook and upgrade it with an external DVD-RW :(
     
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    ZildjianKX

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    You can use it w/ DVD Studio Pro though.
     
  4. macrumors 603

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    Re: answering my own question

    At least according to Apple, the reason iDVD won't work with an external drive is that they "bundle" the MPEG2 codec licence with the superdrive/computer, not with iDVD, which (in theory) is why iDVD is so cheap--no MPEG2 and/or DVD licence.

    Were that true, I suppose it'd theoretically be legit to use an external DVD-R with iDVD so long as you owned a superdrive, but Apple's not going there.

    Sort of a shame for those of us who like burning DVDs but don't want to fork out for the pro version.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    money is the problem

    i sure want the all in one high end model but i tried 3 years to convince my family to buy me a powerbook and now i want them to survive this major purchase with min damage :) so i decided to start with the combo downgrade and maybe later on buy an external dvd-r. but under that circumstances i would go with the integrated superdrive model.

    again apple, you won. my bank account is yours :)
     

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