DVD +R - sometimes they play fine, sometimes they dont...

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by GS, Feb 7, 2005.

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    GS Guest

    I have a couple of set top units, one a panasonic about 3 years old,
    another samsung a littel less than 2 years old. The samsug unit is
    supposed to play vcd, cd-r, cd's etc. as well as DVD.

    I just bought a Sony dual layer burner that is supposed to be compatible
    with all formats, I tried a backup of one of my kids movies , (which is
    what I bought it for, they sure dont take the abuse that the VHS tapes
    did) on a 4.7 gb DVD +R blank and it played fine on both players so I
    bought a 100 pack spindle of the same type (Kodak) I've since burned a
    few more, and some play fine, yet some hiccup, fart and pixelize
    randomly all the way thru. I thought it may be the compressing of them
    thru dvd-shrink, so I used the re-author option and just copied the
    movie portion over without the extra's, (this usually allows it to copy
    with no compression) but I still get the stalling, pixelizing etc.. on
    each player. I even notice the odd rental movie doing this as well, but
    I attribute that to the thing being abused and usually smudged and
    dirty, a cleaning *usually* takes care of it.

    Is there something in these players that need cleaning/tuning/whatever?
    Or should I perhaps stick to DVD-R format? A couple that I had done in
    -R before I got my own burner seem to work fine in each player.

    I had assumed that because a +R worked in each of my machines they were
    fine, or is this the case?

    GS, Feb 7, 2005
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    twobirds Guest

    What speed are you burning at? Have you considered burning at a lower
    twobirds, Feb 7, 2005
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    GS Guest

    Likely the default, which I think is 4x, I'll check tonight when I get
    home and see...
    GS, Feb 7, 2005
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    twobirds Guest

    Reduce your burn speed. If that isn't it, clean the lenses on your players.
    A good lens cleaner will probably be less than ten bucks at radio shack or
    twobirds, Feb 8, 2005
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