DVD burning - safe to run in background?

Hi Guys,
Is it safe to carry on using my computer while iDVD is running and encoding/burning something? I used to leave the DVD burning over night but now this isn't possible. Doesn't interfere with the encoding/burning process if I continue to use the computer while iDVD is doing it's thing?
Thanks in advance.

in my experience it has never been an issue, nonetheless its not something anyone would wisely recommend!
there is no definitive answer. make sure your preferences are set to abort capture on dropped frames (pointless continuing if theres a problem) and then suck it and see. chances are you will be just fine.

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