"Great Burner. Read this review!!"4.0 starson
Summary: After reading all of the reviews of the Sony DRU-500AX, I was hesitant to buy this (or any of the DVD burners). I purchased and installed the internal unit and have been very pleased with its performance. It has worked almost flawlessly from the start. In contrast to other peoples’ experiences, the bundled software works fine. I didn’t install Simple Backup since I already have Veritas Backup MyPC, which is an outstanding product. The DVD player works perfectly (with the Power DVD software included) for playing commercial DVD movies without the display problems that others have experienced. I installed DLA after the other applications and that, too, works fine. Some people complained that you could only burn one hour movies instead of two hour movies with the Sonic MyDVD. I had that experience only with two large VHS cassettes that I was transferring to DVD. It only allowed one hour’s worth of video onto the DVD. I still don’t know why. All of the 8mm video cassettes that I have transferred to DVD allow high quality 2+ hours of video to be transferred to the DVD. SVCDs also burn perfectly and look great. Everything about this unit and the bundled software has been excellent so far. I would add that I capture the video from an analog camcorder and VCR using Hauppauge PVR –250 video capture card. I have a Dell 8200 Pentium 4 2.2 gig processor with 528 meg RAM in Windows XP. So I cannot comment on the ability of the software to capture video otherwise. I also cannot comment on Sony’s technical support because I have not had to contact them. I did, however, download their version 2 firmware to go with the unit after I burned one “coaster”. All in all, this is a great product.