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I don't want to waste my blank dvd's for a burning software that does not work. Do you know of any software that can emulate cd burning? Maybe emulate it by burning the data into a flash drive which is seen by the software as a cd or dvd. Is it possible?

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What are you really trying to do here? Write data? for playback on typical dvd players? PAL or NTSC format? Test a dvd iamge before making the commitment to burn it to disk? If you make a dvd .iso image first, you could play it using a variety of players (mplayer comes to mind) and then write the iso at once once you are happy with it. –  DaveParillo Apr 27 '10 at 3:31
    
an mpeg-4 compliant format –  Ieyasu Sawada Apr 27 '10 at 3:41

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k3b can emulate burning, but I don't understand what do you mean by 'software that does not work'. Most of the software is working. Either you are not doing something right or your optical drive has issues.

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I used brasero but not working. I'll try this k3b. –  Ieyasu Sawada Apr 27 '10 at 10:08

Try Brasero it is also available in Ubuntu repository. It checks the iso file for integrity and simulates a burn process before actually burning it. Very much Nero like but free !

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If you interested in paid solution, try Nero for Linux which supports Ubunutu and other linux flavours.

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Maybe you would like to:

  1. create a .iso image
  2. mount the iso as loopback device, or dd it onto a usb-drive or something like that so you can test it...
  3. burn iso to dvd when you are done.

Update: You can mount a iso directly with a loop back device.

mkdir test
mount -o loop my_test_project.iso test

Then in the dir called test you will see the content of the iso just as if it was a normal mounted cd/dvd.

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what is a loop back device –  Ieyasu Sawada Apr 27 '10 at 10:09

Most drives support a test-burn mode which simulates burning to disc but doesn't actually. Check to see if your preferred burning software on Ubuntu supports this mode.

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