Originally Posted by LevesqueIsKing
I'm passing through so this might be a little succinct, but:
1. Generic brands in the $30-35 online/DO, walkin (like BB) probably closer to $50
2. Yes, everyone has them
3. Just as easy as a CD with the proper tools, there's decent support in Winders but some excellent 3rd party solutions like Nero. Macs have excellent native/OS support for drive burning/authoring. (not sure what platform you're on).
4. Yes you can, which is the point of digital media, there's no degridation from one gen to the next.
5. Not even going to get into this, ask one of the 15 year old legal counsels that seem to be in abundance on this board
You'll want to look into a Dual Layer (DL) - nearly every standard video DVD uses two different layers - you might even notice the layer change about 1/2 through the movie, where there's a slight pause. You might see this documented as DVD-9 (these are 8.5GB data format vs. 4.7GB). Otherwise you have to re-compress or strip content out.
The blank media (DL) is a little more expensive (like $1.25-$1.40 vs. $0.35-$0.60 each). Dual layer drives can R/W single layer as well (plus all CD formats, and most drives handle re-writable)
RE: the SD card
There's a small switch on the card itself that can be set to allow/disallow writing to the card, it may have gotten moved into the "locked" position.
OK, under 3 minutes, I'm out, Seeya!