Well, the basic news is quite short: K3b is now able to burn DVDs. But this would be a little too short. ;) So for all of you who do not know what K3b is (the name does not really mean anything): K3b is (was) a CD burning application for KDE (screenshots). It uses cdrecord and cdrdao for actually burning the CDs but implements its own methods for all CD information retrieval functionality.
Now that this has been clarified I present the list of DVD related features in the new K3b version 0.10:
- DVD-R(W) and DVD+R(W) support through the dvd+rw-tools by Andy Polyakov which is released under the GPL (yes, no strange security keys or patched cdrecord version for DVD burning anymore).
- Support for all DVD-R(W) writing modes: DAO, Incremental Sequential (used for multisession), and
Restricted overwrite (use a DVD-RW just like a DVD+RW)
- Automatic burning speed selection based on the media's capabilities.
- DVD-R and DVD+R multisession burning (be aware that most DVD-ROM drives are not able to read multiple sessions)
- DVD copy. No VideoDVD shrinking yet. That means you may not copy a DVD-9 (most VideoDVDs) to a DVD-4 (4,3 GB DVD
media). But this is planned and will be implemented in one of the next versions unless some legal stuff stops us.
Perhaps someone with a better legal background could help me here.... ;)
- DVD-RW and DVD+RW formatting which can also be done automatically before burning.
Before I get too many mails about this: There is no VideoDVD project yet but it is planned. I am just not
sure yet how to realize it from the users point of view.
So if you own a DVD burner please check out the new K3b Homepage and get the latest
version (as of this writing it's 0.10).