Sony BWU-100A DVD Writer


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Sony BWU-100A


OEM:
Panasonic
Chipset:Panasonic
24xCDR ZCLV
16xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
8xDVD+R ZCLV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
4xDVD+RDL CLV
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2xBD-R CLV
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2xBD-R DL CLV
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HDDVD-R
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HDDVD
EIDE, 8MB
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$700 9.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Imation 2xBD-RE (MEI...T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xBD-RE (VERBATIM0) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xBD-RE (MEI...T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xBD-R (MEI...T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Panasonic 2xBD-RE (MEI...T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2xBD-R (MEI...T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2xBD-R (SONY..ES1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xBD-RE (TDKBLDWBA) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim 2xBD-RE (VERBATIM0) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I can now say that my two previous posts here reflect almost entirely on the software bundled with the Sony BWU-100a. The Cyberlink PowerProducer still only makes simplified "BDAV" projects that lack menus....and do not even play on Sony's own BDP-S1 player (with 3/12/07, ver 1.55 firmware). I have had great success with full "BDMV" projects and menus using Roxio's DVDit Pro HD. It makes 2 hour+ projects on BD-R and BD-RE (25GB and about $20) and if your project is 30 minutes or so, full BDMV projects can be burned on DVD+R that costs one dollar.


Comments posted by Don from United States, May 12, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Followup:
On the above trial, I noticed a DVD I had made as 4:3 was stretched by the Samsung player. A post on the AVS forum suggests that later build machines (August in their case) had fixed this and 4:3 played pillar-boxed. Thus the machine the retailer let me borrow must have been an early version. This is all very early stuff - buyer beware!


Comments posted by Don from United States, September 27, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





I have had limited Success with HDV to playable Blu-Ray

I received a Sony BWU100A drive two weeks ago…the box (with a very low serial#) arrived without the software disc. The “Cyberlink BD Solution 1.0” was mailed by Sony and I have been experimenting with it.

The drive will, of course, make CD, DVD and BD data discs without problems.

For video, I wanted to put my latest HDV project (1080x1440 30i) of 99 minutes on a disc with chapter buttons and further chapter marks for intervening scenes. The bundled software CAN import, add chapter marks and burn to BD-RE, but the menu making module was omitted for now. The software took my edited .avi file (From PremierePro2.0 + Cineform Access HD) of 87gigs (!) and encoded it to 19.3 gigs on BD-RE – about the same size/data rate as it would be on the source HDV tape. This was using Cyberlink Producer 3.3 – BD Edition, version 3.7.0.2824

The resulting disc played and looked stunning, using the included player: PowerDVD 6.6 BD Edition. When inserted into a Samsung BDP1000 on display at an accommodating nearby retailer, the disc WOULD NOT LOAD, and the machine had to be unplugged before eventually ejecting the disc. Of course, there is no way, at present, to tell if it is the Samsung or, more likely, the Cyberlink software at fault.

Unfortunately, the “capture” function in PowerProducer would not work on any camera (DV or HDV) or from any mode (DVD or BD). While this port on the moterhboard (TI-OCHI) and its Microsoft driver are flawless in PremierePro, it crashed the entire OS if tried in PowerProducer……But then I was not planning to use that function. Also, it would not import the mpeg2 file Cineform makes for exporting back into the camera. There it just crashed the application, not the OS.

So, at this date (Sep 14, 2006) you CAN put HDV on Blu-ray, but without a menu but you will have little assurance it will play in a Blu-ray player. I expect Cyberlink, with Sony’s urging, will get these features working soon. I certainly hope we have something better from Adobe soon – we don’t need every advanced feature of BDjava menus working for a first version.


Comments posted by Don from United States, September 14, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.




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Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


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The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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