External DVD writer

Pixels

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Original poster
Jan 15, 2005
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Anyone with recomendations for an external (via Firewire) DVD writer to attach to my G4 (miiror doors) running 10.3 ?

I notice that Apple only seems to support DVD-R discs - would this still be the case if I bought an external drive and using Toast ?

I take it these external drives are not region specific and can read any DVDs as well as write them ?
 

numediaman

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Jan 5, 2004
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Region function only comes into play with commercial DVDs -- and there are ways around that, as well.

I own a LaCie FW DVD burner and am extremely happy with it. It is daisy chained into a LaCie FW external hard drive. I also have a LaCie external CD burner, as well. So I guess you could say I highly recommend them.

I use Toast -- but be aware that the new iDVD supports external drives. In fact, on the Apple discussion boards someone asked about this, and someone from LaCie posted to confirm that their DVD burner would work with the new iDVD. So I'm looking forward to playing with the new iDVD once my mini arrives.
 

rickvanr

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Apr 10, 2002
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It's cheaper to buy an enclosure, and a oem dvd burner. they're really easy to put together too, but beware, iDVD compatibility isn't there with '04, and I don't know for sure about '05.
 

iGary

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May 26, 2004
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What unit did you buy for your G4 tower - I've been meaning to pop one of them in, but want something that will slide right in and just work!
 

rickvanr

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I'm quite sure all drives are of a uniform shape. So it won't matter which brand you do buy. But, Pioneer drives will be compatible with the iApps out of the box I'm quite sure. If you were to get say a NEC or LG burner, they may not work with the iApps, for instance my ext. DVD burner works in iTunes, but not in iDVD, and on my Mom's computer I put a LiteOn CD-RW in her B&W and it doesn't work in iTunes. But in both cases, both drives work flawlessly with Toast.
 

iGary

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rickvanr said:
I'm quite sure all drives are of a uniform shape. So it won't matter which brand you do buy. But, Pioneer drives will be compatible with the iApps out of the box I'm quite sure. If you were to get say a NEC or LG burner, they may not work with the iApps, for instance my ext. DVD burner works in iTunes, but not in iDVD, and on my Mom's computer I put a LiteOn CD-RW in her B&W and it doesn't work in iTunes. But in both cases, both drives work flawlessly with Toast.
Great, thanks! :D
 
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