Thanks to everyone who replied to my original post--using imgburn seems to have solved the "layer break" problem. You guys are geniuses. One quick question up for debate: so everyone agrees that Verbatim is the way to go--does it matter if they are listed as 8x or 2.4x? Is one better than another in terms of DVD burning? Ultimately, is there one single best way to burn a DVD, from software choice (ripping and burning) to DVD R media choice? Thanks for the insights fellas!