DVDs can be burnt or written using a ‘burner.’ These burners use specialized software to write content in a DVD. Although a system’s ability to copy specific types of DVDs depends on individual capabilities of the software, the reader and the recorder, it is the software that gets you the quality you seek.
There are several types of DVD burning software available in the market. Some are free, while others can be bought at a price. Comprehensive burning software like Gear DVD Standard Edition, Roxio Easy Media Creator and Nero 6 Ultra Edition offer comprehensive writing features. On the other hand, there are other software kits that may not be very comprehensive but cater to specific ‘burning’ requirements, like creating audio DVDs, Video DVDs and so forth. An essential bit of advice concerning software purchases: it is always advisable to undertake the initial trial offer before actually buying the software.
An inexpensive way of quickly burning DVDs is by using a computer. Using a computer with a DVD recorder and good off-the-shelf software, one can easily burn a good DVD. There is a lot of free DVD burning software available. BurnON, for example, is a comprehensive software package that can do all the basic burning tasks effectively. This software is easy for novices, as it uses wizards that offer a step-by-step guide to burning.
DVD burning software comes in the ‘plus’ and the ‘minus’ formats. Almost all DVD burners (recorders) use either the plus or the minus format. However, there are some burners that use both formats. The minus format is promoted by the DVD Forum, while the ‘plus’ format is promoted by the DVD+RW Alliance. Manufacturers who support both the ‘plus’ and the ‘minus’ formats belong to both associations.