Do Macs Play DVD-RAM

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mashinhead, May 19, 2005.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    Do macs play dvd-ram media? and if so and i wanted to copy one in two ways is it possible.

    Can i digitize footage from a dvd or a dvd-ram in Final cut pro..if so how.

    And can i copy a dvd-ram just buy inserting it, copying the data to the desktop, ejecting it, inserting a dvd-r and copying it on to that. without using FCP, but useing toast or something?
  2. Cold_Steel macrumors member

    May 4, 2005
    Glouscestershire, UK
    Try looking up the Apple computer that you have at and see if it says that the drive supports DVD-RAM.

    Just a thought.

    To answer your other questions, im not sure.

    Hope this helps,

  3. heidilux macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2003
    As a rule, they do not. However, my desktop (originally a 500MHz G4 Sawtooth) does. It was an option on the Sawtooth in early 2000 I believe. That said, I'm sure you could find one to buy... even apple-branded maybe.

    , heidilux
  4. slooksterPSV macrumors 68040


    Apr 17, 2004
    DVD-RAM is old and useless technology now. Burn to DVD+/-RW's They last longer.
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Have you actually used DVD-RAM? It's no older than DVD+/-R/RW, and is intended for a different type of use. It's truly random access, like an optical hard drive, and works very well for what it's intended to do. Panasonic's DVD recorders and DVD camcorders use it too. In a Panasonic DVD recorder you can use a DVD-RAM disc to do time slip recording even (pause, rewind, fast forward TV even while the disc is still being recorded). It's far from useless.

    Some G4 PowerMacs had DVD-RAM drives available as an option, but recent models don't. You can probably buy an external drive that will work though.
  6. slooksterPSV macrumors 68040


    Apr 17, 2004
    I could see using it as RAM, but it'd still be slow right?........*thinking*..... yeah, I think it would be.
  7. Pismo macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2002
    Isn't DVD-RAM media expensive compared to DVD+/- R(W)? I'm sure if has it's advantages but I think it's just as easy (and cheaper) to burn to regular DVD-R's.
  8. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    DVD-RAM is expensive. It's perfect for the Panasonic players - my dad has one. It's faster than R/W.
    You may find an external drive that supports it.
    I wonder, what application were you thinking of using it for? As far as I know, it is almost exclusively used in DVD player/recorders.

    P.S. - The surface of a DVD-RAM looks weird! - or at least the panasonic ones do.
    P.P.S. - It didn't work in my iMac G4
  9. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    There is really no point to using DVD-RAM.

    Macs have hard drives which are much more effecient and faster with the RAM part. Remember a DVD player has just 1 head and spins at what, 500 rpm tops. Hard drives have 4-8 heads and spin at 7200rpm.

    Plus DVD-RAM is not supported by many computers and DVD players so you would be out of luck in that department.

    Please explain why you want DVD-RAM?

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