I've been using RIDATA DVD-R 4X G04 blank media for quite a while now - never had any problems. Recently, after burning the first DVD from a new 50 pack spindle and I noticed the burned disk was lighter and more purple than any previous batch. As usual with previous G04s, the burned dye looked really good - no blotches or streaks. This was a movie backup using Shrink (re-authored "movie only", auto compression) with the Nero burn engine. The DVD played fine on my stand-alone player until the very end, during credits, where it started to jump, freeze, pixellate, etc. Looking again at the burned disk, there was a thin line at the edge, so it wasn't burning all the way to the edge. Anyway I went back and redid the backup using Shrink with custom compression, leaving about 150 MBs blank on the outer edge, and the new copy played fine. Finally, my question - was this a new Ritek G04 dye problem, or a Shrink compression anomaly problem? I'm kind of gunshy now, and have been leaving some room at the edge of each disk I burn from this new batch. Any opinions are welcome.