Slow DVD Burn Time

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markwalker

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Hi Gang,

I have a DVD burner and use Nero 6 to burn my movies with. This all works fine but i find that when I'm burning the films this can take upto 3 hours (I'm presuming it is converting the file into a DVD format prior to burning) Whilst it is doing this thought my computer is on a complete go slow. And if i was to try and open another application whilst burning (Converting?) a film the application will eventually open up about a minute later.....

Is this down to my processor? I'm running a P4 2.2 Gig...

Many thanx
 
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What type of source material are you burning? There is something going on besides just burning if it takes that long. Encoding video is definitely a time-consuming, cpu-intensive process.
 

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yes i think it is Encoding the video prior to burning it. Is my CPU to slow for this? What do you recomend?
 
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Three hours to encode and burn is normal. There are things you can do to get a small improvement in performance - say 10%. There isn't anything you can do to significantly reduce the time. The best strategy is to burn your DVD when you don't need to use the computer. :)
 

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I understand the Encoding takes time, i don't have a problem with that. Its just that i can't do anything else with my computer whilst its doing the encoding. Is this normal?

Is it solely down to a better processor? If so which one should i be looking at getting??
 
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What you've described is normal. Getting a faster processor will speed up the process slightly but it won't make much difference using other apps. A dual-processor would probably help but I'm pretty sure your computer doesn't support that.

You could go into the Processes tab of the Task Manager, right-click on Nero and lower the priority. That should enable you to use other apps more easily. It will also make the encoding process take longer.
 
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Does the INcd program run at the same time as you are burning? Have a look in the task bar.
I found that whenever INcd was running it slowed everything down.
I stopped it running automatically on start up and everything to do with the cd drives speeded up.
Its worth a try.
:)
 
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While in nero on the burning screen, select the more options tab and then you can lower the priority from nero which will allow you to use more programs. You can also raise the priority to high which may allow faster burning. Do you also have the latest update to nero? It is 6.3.1.6 and updating all products will give you updated vision express and recode. Supposeably the latest update has a faster encoding system. If you are encoding several of the same movies uncheck burn at once. I hope this helps a little.
 
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My two cents here - while burning using Nero, I've been able to multi-task (even though I don't really like to) without any problems.

However, when rendering my movies, I once used a program to see how much drag it caused on the resources and, sure enough, rendering took up as much of the processor and RAM as it get its hands on (I used Movie Maker 2 and Ulead Media Studio).

It seems the render is the portion that really sucks up resources and I do not think that you will be able to bump up your system enough to really compensate for this - unless, that is, you build a super-duper-pooper-scooper machine (and even then, I'll bet the app will suck up all it can!)....

MBN
 

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Yes, just found out now, just updated my nero and found the programme installed when i rebooted.
 
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