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Old June 30th, 2005, 02:13 AM   #1
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Dual Layer & Set-Top compatibility

Someone told me that current dual-layer burners cannot burn discs that will play on set-top DVD players, is that true?

I haven't had a chance to purchase any DL media yet to test it out, but that would pretty much negate the purpose of having a DL burner. (other than having the 8+ gigs of data storage capacity.

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Old June 30th, 2005, 07:33 AM   #2
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No, its not true.

However, it can be tricky. Depending on how your authoring software or NLE handles transcoding, you need to make sure it does not automatically crank the bitrate too high. There is a lot more space on your DL disc, so if you are not filling it, you might end up with bitrates exceeding 9--which causes problems on most set-top players.

That and the fact that its still relatively new technology means some burning apps have bugs. I've heard lots of successes using Nero 6 to burn DL discs from a DVD folder.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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Compatibility is very poor, much worse than any other DVD recording format. I'm hopeful for DVD-R9 but that seems to be vaporware so who knows. Hollywood apparently has done an excellent job of making sure that we can't copy their dual layer DVDs reliably.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #4
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ah..okay

I usually use TMPG DVD encoder, and you can manually adjust the bitrate to whatever you want. When I encode, I typically use the two-pass VBR, and set an average of 5 to 7k.

Thanks for the replies

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