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Pine Dual Format DVD Writer

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by copyguy, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. copyguy

    copyguy Member

    Dec 27, 2004
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    I have an 8x burner, and I was thinking of upgrading to 16x; but i wanted to know a few things first. What would you suggest as a good product? I was thinking hp, but i really have no idea. And I know that you should only burn at 4x anyways, so I wanted to know if the "16x" would make the encoding process faster? Also, does anyone know what I can do with 200 blank dvds that I can't use? :p They won't work with this player!!! :( THanks for all the help!
  2. colw

    colw Active member

    Apr 25, 2004
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    Going by the history of your posts you may have to change your handle to Nocopyguy.

    For quality burners you should stick with brands such as Plextor, Pioneer or Lite-on.

    Burning at 4x normally safer - again depends on media quality.

    For encoding, do not use a burner, use your DVD Rom - they will normally encode much faster.

    Almost daily there are posts in relation to DVD playback - generally in relation to skipping/freezing of DVD's on playback.

    While these posts have been answered many hundreds of times over a wide variety of threads/topics, the question continues to reappear.

    Listed below is my recipe for successful DVD burning - Have burnt between 500 and 1000 without any major burning or playback problems.

    People are free to accept or reject this advice - it is not prescriptive, merely advisory and has worked very well for me.

    1. Do not use labels on burnt media.
    2. Keep your hard drive defragmented.
    3. Ensure you have plently of free hard disk space.
    4. Ensure you do not have sypware/virus on your system.
    5. Keep you start up menu lean and clean.
    6. Use a program such as HijackThis to ensure your start up log is lean and clean.
    7. Avoid conflicting programs on your system e.g., Nero/Roxio do not play well together - choose one only.
    8. Avoid the use of packet writing software e.g, INCD, Direct CD.
    9. Avoid multi-tasking when ripping/encoding/burning.
    10. Do not install problematic programs such as Interactual Movie Player and remove from system if installed.
    11. Do not burn too fast (max 4x recommended).
    12. Ensure definitions for virus and spyware programs are up to date.
    13. Avoid burning unnecessary extras - do movie only in reauthor mode if using DVD Shrink
    14. Use brand name, quality players for burning - e.g., Plextor, Pioneer, Lite-On etc.
    15. Use an el cheapo Asian/Chinese standalone for playback - they are much more versitile and reliable than name brands and normaly handle both Pal and NTSC formats.
    16. Use quality DVD media - Ritek, Verbatim, TY's recommended.
    17. Reduce target size of burnt DVD to approx 4400 if using DVD Shrink.
    18. Store safely and keep away from children.
    19. Be very wary of downloaded movies - in most cases they are not worth the time or effort to reproduce.
    20. Ensure that DMA mode is enabled in your system settings.
    21. Load and skip through chapters on computer DVD player (e.g, Power DVD, WinDVD) prior to burning.

    My System Specs (don't laugh)
    PIII - 800 - 256Mb Ram
    Programs used: DVD Shrink (98%), DVD Decrypter (approx 2%), Nero (almost 100%) for burning.
    Success rate: 99% plus.
    Media: Mainly Laser with some Ultra Tran and a few other ring ins, dash format mainly.
    Burner: Pioneer 106D
    ROM: JLMS - Lite-On
    Rip/Encode time: Between 10 and 50 minutes (depending on movie) - normally under 35 minutes.
    Burn Time: Between 12 and 15 minutes.

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