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Has anyone used the DVD Cricket? I found it at http://ez-dupe.com/


I'm wondering if it allows you to copy DVD-Rs without re-encoding. I am not set up for burning DVDs on my computer, and my understanding is that using a DVD player and a DVD recorder to make copies results in a loss of quality because of the re-encoding that would take place.


I'd be interested in hearing from anybody with an opinion on this unit.


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Recordable DVDs can hold up to 4.7G (4.38Gbytes, in practice). Commercial dual layer DVDs can hold twice as much, so you are left with 3 options:

1. Split the DVD into 2 parts with no loss of quality and features.

2. Get rid of the features and possibly some audio tracks to fit it on 1 DVDR (sometimes doesn't fit even after this).

3. Reencode to compress and fit on 1 DVDR (loss of quality).


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I agree with everything Kir said.


Also, check this disclaimer on that site:

"Will not duplicate copy-protected movies!"
 

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I am only interested in copying DVD-Rs that I recorded on my standalone HS2, not commercial or copy-protected material. I e-mailed the company and got this quick response:


Yes... Cricket records from Panasonic made DVD's, and there is no loss as there is no re-encoding... Cricket just puts down whatever is on the DVD you insert for copying. PS the Cricket loves the Ritek Silver DVD-r's too.


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$529 is awfully expensive for copying discs. For under $200, you can add a DVD-R/RW burner (e.g. the Pioner DVR-A05/105) to your computer and use dvddecrypter (freeware) to make perfect copies of your Panasonic DVD-R's.
 

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You wouldn't even need DVDDecrypter as the media is home made and wouldn't have the CSS encryption on it. I'd go with an internal DVD-R drive and use the extra money for good media.
 

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I copy DVD-R's using the "disk copy" function using both NERO and B's Recorder Gold software. B's is the software that came with the Panny LF-D521 I purchased a few months ago. It makes EXACT bit for bit copies of not only DVD-r's recorded on my HS2, but also copies of the DVD-R's I burn on the LF-D521 itself. No re-encoding takes place.


Re-encoding should not be an issue with disk to disk copying using your own HS2 program material.


An LF-D521 can be had now for as little as $220.00! With the accompanying software, you'll be able to do what you wish, and more!!


Good Luck


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