Poor quality DVD burning

Old 03-05-06, 03:19 PM
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Poor quality DVD burning

When I burn home movies on DVD, they often skip or freeze up when playing back on a standalone player. Playback on my old DVD player is horrible, but even on the newer ones it still happens. I have a Dell Pentium 4, 512 RAM, 64MB graphics card, 2.3Ghz system and use Pinnacle Studio or Nero to create DVDs. Usually slide shows are created OK, but actual movies are disappointing. I usually burn at the slowest speed even though my internal DVD burner is 16x. I don't multitask and turn off everything else when working on video (anti virus, etc.) I don't know if 1GB of RAM would change things, or if I upgraded the video card. I see this with other's home made DVDs too. Any suggestions? I'd really like to convert all of my home movies from 1960s-present but it's a waste of time with the quality that's being produced!

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You could try different manufacturer's discs. I have a Sony dual burner. I tried several different brands and types (-R, +R, -RW, +RW). The only ones that worked well were TDK DVD-R discs. Even Sony DVD-R didn't work well.
Old 03-05-06, 06:34 PM
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yeah, what BobF said. Also, alot of burners have a laser control where you can control (to a point) the strength of the laser burn. If you have a dual burner,and are burning +'s then try -'s. After you copy the file to your hard drive and make it as small as you need, does it play ok on the computer?
Also, make sure the standalone is clean. maybe blow it out with compressed air.
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