Re: DVD recorders


Subject: Re: DVD recorders
From: Richard Wentk (richard@skydancer.com)
Date: Sat Sep 24 2005 - 08:04:41 EDT


At 09:18 24/09/2005, you wrote:

>I am consistently having trouble getting the majority of DVD readers to
>recognize the registry burned on DVDs when using my Pioneer DVR-S706. I
>burn data using XP on DVD- go to another computer that has a DVD- and XP
>and it will not read the registry. This problem has occurred with other
>burners as well.

DVD+/-R is notorious for being a non-format. Only a percentage of players -
increasing approximately with recentness - can play burned DVDs. With older
players you often don't have much of a hope. Newer players are much better,
but it's still a crap shoot. This applies equally to PC drives and
standalones.

In informal tests I found that DVDs worked in maybe a quarter of the
players I tried.

Media make a difference too, for some reason. Some media seem to match some
burners and/or players better than others. Software makes a difference as
well. Some authoring tools just don't work correctly at the burning stage.

So... you can't actually guarantee that a disk will play in every player.
In fact you can pretty much guarantee that it won't.

The solution is to find a combination of media and burner/player models
that works, and stick with it. Otherwise the only way to guarantee a DVD
success is to pay a dupe house to make a proper glass pressing for you, for
considerable $$$$$.

Richard



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