You might want to work this question in reverse... Figure out which DVD software(s) you want to use, then check those mfg. websites to get an idea of what drives they support. Choose two drives supported by the greatest number of software products you'll want to use. Then go read all reviews on those units, and pick which you think you'll be most comfortable with.
I don't know, depends on what you want to do. You could start here, looks like I saved this link. I believe the Matrox forums (at matrox.com) have a bit of video production stuff too, since Matrox produces video cards.
I know very little about video at this point. But I plan to start. In the video world, the following software is major (extracted from some notes I took in a 4-hour class last spring):
For Apple, it's pretty much Final Cut Pro. But this doesn't run on Windows.
For Windows, I think you have these choices (none quite as good as Final Cut Pro). Use web searches to find the mfg. sites and more details.
Adobe Premier 5, 6, and 7
Ulead Studio Pro
For additional effects:
Pinnacle has recently decided their own Edition is strategic, and has decided not to support Adobe Premier in future Pinnacle hardware drivers.
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