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Old April 9th, 2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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DVD Duplication Experiences?

Hi all,
I was wondering if you might be willing to share your DVD duplication (DVD-R) experiences. Have clients ever complained about not being able to play back disks? Are some dupers better than others? Is DVD+R better than DVD-R?

Thanks alot.

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Old April 10th, 2004, 01:21 AM   #2
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msot players these days play all formats, best thing to do is give them a demo on dvd-r and dvdrw. i have amny clients who use sony playback devices, which have issues with dvd-r (mainly due to sony manufacturing these players at a time when they were releasing dvd+r) so many cant play dvd-r unless teh player is in "video mode" wwhatever that is.. i dont know, but apparently there is a playback mode to let this happen.

most sony players will play dvd-rw though

theres no better or worse..

in the end its really how youve authored the dvd and the type of file system and burning app youve used...

i use dvd architect and some clients cant read teh discs... BUT if i prepare in architect then burn in Nero6, i they have no issues....

the only way to really find out is to try.

you can also direct your client to go to www.vcdhelp.com where they can find a HUGE database of players listing compatible formats for amost any given player.

Another safeguard is to include compatibilty and compression artefacting in your contract...
many people dont understand that dvd5' are usualy using a higher compression than dvd9s. This cluase will cover your ass when a client tells you that the 4 hour wedding they wanted looks pixelated and awful.
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Old April 10th, 2004, 01:26 AM   #3
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one thing i forgot to note, dvd+r can usually be burnt at a faster rate, however i woudlnt recommend it as most players dont read over 2x....

burnign at a slower rate also ensures lower failure rates

umm... dvd+r ir really no different to -r, its jsut a newer format which is supposedly more compatible with other players.. but i am yet to see evidence of this in the real world...

i use 4 different players to test my burns (Kenwood, which according to spec DOESNT play dvd-r but its actually the best player ive come across for all formats) an XMS750, which jumps at the chapter points, a Playstation 2 (flawless playback) and pioneer a05/105 which is my actual burner.

I provide 3 formats to my clients. (+r, -r and rw) and most of them have advised me that they ALL work... so i guess it depends on the players....
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Old April 10th, 2004, 10:42 AM   #4
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I've sent out hundreds of -R disks and have had no reports come back as to trouble.

I've been burning at 4x for about 3 months now.
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Old April 10th, 2004, 04:30 PM   #5
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The only compatibility problems (with dvd-r) I have experienced have all been down to the brand of media. Now I always use Verbatim discs - I've never had a problem with these.

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Old April 10th, 2004, 06:17 PM   #6
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I use Ritek.
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Old April 10th, 2004, 10:38 PM   #7
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I'm talking about using a duplication house. Any that are recommended? I need to produce far too many to do on my own.
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Old April 11th, 2004, 09:03 AM   #8
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I used No Frills DVD in Boston several years ago. They did a great job and were very helpful throughout the process. I recommend them highly.

http://www.nofrillsdvd.com/
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