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Part I: Today’s Technology > Making Your Own Digital Recordings: CD and DVD Rec...

Chapter 24. Making Your Own Digital Recordings: CD and DVD Recorders

Although most of the world is well aware of CD and DVD players by now, many have not yet been exposed to the world of CD and DVD recording. To make copies of data, we’ve typically used floppy disks and other solutions such as Zip drives and magnetic tape backup, or in the case of audio, we’ve typically used regular cassette tapes. CD and DVD burners open up a whole new realm of possibilities for the recording, archiving, and playback of a variety of media content types and offer tremendous storage capacity as well. Although most older laptops and PCs offer drives that support viewing movies on DVD or accessing music or data on CD, the newer internal and external drives support actual recording to both CD and DVD. These burners are available either as stand-alone players or as peripherals for your computer or laptop.

If we look at it from the computer-centric viewpoint as opposed to the stand-alone players, the evolution to CD and DVD recording has occurred in three phases. First, we had the plain CD-ROM drive, which offered the ability to access music or data on a CD. Second, some of these drives included on the latest desktops and laptops offered CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-ROM capability, which enabled the user to view DVD movies and to read or write to CD. The latest generation of offerings are combo drives that can both read and write to CD and to DVD formats. With CD and DVD recording, you can make backups of your data on CD and you can burn movies in DVD format for later playback on your laptop or even on your television.


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