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Old September 21st, 2006, 03:25 PM   #1
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Anyone use Lightscribe for DVD's? Any tips?

I am on a deadline tonight to finish a DVD edited in Vegas and outputed in DVDA. I am going to lightscribe it for the first time and having never tested it before, anything I should know? (besides that is takes about 15-20 minutes a DVD).
I am using a graphic that I used for the DVD menu background - I am not sure if this will work, or does it only work with stark imagery with contrast? How about fine fonts?
Does NERO (it came with Lightscribe) cover designer work well or should I use SURETHING?

Thanks in advance.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 04:33 PM   #2
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LightScribe hasn't rec'd good press here.

This probably isn't much help:
What I've seen posted tends to run towards the negative side. But, in a pinch and being under the gun, it could serve you well in meeting the deadline. I've seen posts here that claim the type wears away sooner than expected. Also, the lack of color seems to steer people away from it.

For small runs of disc copies, I use an Epson Stylus Photo R300. Discs only print one at a time, and using lots of graphics can drink ink quickly, but I'm satisfied with the results. As for software, I use the simple pgm that came with the printer...don't even remember the name of it, but it's served me well thus far.

Remember to use some kind of clear-coat to spray the lasered side to help preserve it.

Good luck w/the deadline.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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I use it a lot and have no qualms with it other than the time consumption. Contrast sucks on some DVDs over others, it depends on what brand you get.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 07:09 PM   #4
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Figures, last minute thing - I am getting audio warbles with the lightscribe - either inscribed or not. I am trying out another DVD (panasonic) it is normal and see what happens...
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 06:31 AM   #5
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I use them all the time for finished projects. I always double burn...it really helps the image IMO...it lines up everytime with no problem...just don't change your template between burns...
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 04:43 PM   #6
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Do you find better results with contrasting b&W pictures?
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Old September 24th, 2006, 05:22 PM   #7
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Unless I really have to, I don't use any graphics - the burning time increases significantly. Other than that, it really depends on you to make it look good. I use Nero's label editor and I am pleased with the results. Not really the best solution, but for small runs it's the way to go.
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