I would be grateful to anyone who can offer any insight to me and I thank you in advance. I recently installed an I/O Magic Internal DVD RW/R 16x Dual Format Double Layer DVD burner and I am using Verbatim DVD R 4.7 GB 1x-8x blank DVD's. I am using the latest version of DVD Shrink in conjunction with NERO 6.0. My problem is this. Each time I try and back up one of my DVD's the quality is very poor. I am only backing up the main movie portion so that I can keep the highest possible quality and very not have to compress. My backedup dvds work fine uaually for approx. half of the movie and the they start to mess up with distorded pictures and sound and the movie freezing and skipping. I am wasting DVD's like crazy not to mention time. I have done research and determined I might be able to improve the quality by slowing down the write speed from 8x to 4x but the problem is neither DVD Shrink nor Nero will allow me to do this. The only options available to me from the various drop down menus to change the speed is Maximum and 16x. I do not have any lower write speeds to choose from. So I downloaded COPY2DVD and in this software program I was able to select the write speed and set it at 4x. I made one dvd by using DVD shrink to copy the file and then used copy2dvd to trasfer it to a dvd.. This is not nearly as easy and requires more steps but I see, to have made a better quality DVD. QUESTION Can anyone tell me why the only write speed options DVD Shrink and Nero offer is maximum and 16x while COPY2DVD allows me to select whatever write speed I want? Is I/O Magic a poor quality writer and possibly the cause of my problem? Is Verbatim a poor quality brand dvd to use for movie back up purposes? I am getting so frustrated with the movies screwing up after playing halfway through or more and would be very grateful to anyone who could offer any insight or advice as to what I might be doing wrong. Thank You So Much!