DVD burning on nMP

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rueyloon, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. rueyloon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013

    hi, what are the ways to have a fast burner for the nMP ?
    Since most of the smaller USB DVD burners are USB2, the speed will be quite slow. I saw some USB3 Dvd burners on eBay, are they any faster ?

  2. s-hatland macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    someone, please, correct me if i'm wrong. but a dvd recorder recording at 24x is roughly 265 Mbit/s and USB 2.0 is rated at 480 Mbit/s so using USB 2.0 versus 3.0 should essentially be moot as the drive wouldn't be able to saturate the line anyways. read speeds may be a different story (like 48x) but if you doubled the 24x speed (530 Mbit/s) it would only be just above max throughput. to me, it wouldn't warrant the price increase (if there is one) for a USB 3 drive.
  3. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    Hi Rueyloon. There are also USB 3 DVD burners on Amazon and OWC also offers a burner with USB 3. I was told that it's better to burn DVDs at medium speed and avoid using the maximum. This is to ensure the quality of the discs in storing the file specially with video files. In using faster speeds, there might be some risks on errors. http://superuser.com/questions/1986...cd-slower-help-assure-it-will-not-have-errors
  4. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    If you just want to read and write only DVD, then I agree with you that using a USB 2.0 interface is more than enough, especially when there is currently no DVD reader/writer that could read DVD media at 48X speed. The USB 3.0 interface is suited for reading/writing the BD media, especially above the 8X speed as explained here.
  5. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2009
  6. rueyloon thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    I deliver files on DVD to clients.

    Burning with the internal DVD drive is faster, using the USB writer at times I only hit 2X, with verification, the whole process can be bit draggy.
  7. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    My USB 2.0 Liteon external DVD writer burn disk as fast as my cMP's internal SuperDrive.

    As the others said, USB 2.0 is fast enough for the fastest DVD writer. The bottleneck is the DVD writer itself, not USB 2.0
  8. CelestialToys macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    My clients used to want CDs and DVDs but now I've persuaded all of them to accept USB sticks or web transfers. It was a revelation to several of my clients who now insist that all their freelancers deliver content in this manner.
    Unless there is an absolute business critical reason for DVDs or CDs it's well worth trying to persuade them to move into the 21st century.

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