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Old February 20th, 2004, 05:39 PM   #1
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Tail end of DVD won't play

I'm using Architect with a AO4 burner and pioneer -R DVD's
I rendered a burned a 4.48 gig DVD at a bitrate of 8. The DVD plays wonderfully until the last 5 or 6 minutes then starts to breakup (pixelate) then craps out.
I tried another and it does about the same thing. I tried to burn at a lower bitrate thinking I may have written too far to the DVD's edge for my Panny player to read. I reduced the bitrate to 7 and the file size to 3.9gig and wound up with a coaster (that again could be unrelated.) This is my first use of Architect.

Any thoughts?
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Old February 20th, 2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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>I tried another and it does about the same thing.

Did you try on another DVD player or dud you burn another DVD-R disk or brand?
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Old February 20th, 2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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Bad Disc?

Be aware that if you use cheap low-quality disc, with the edge not being smooth and round in a consistant manner, but is somewhat uneven here and there, even the slightest, can cause problem playing the last few minutes on some DVD players. I guess that is due to the fact that the DVD plays from inside to outside, and when getting towards outside, the unevenness can cause some kind of misalignment in some low-grade DVD players.

I had that problem, trying to save money buying the cheapest "brand" disc I can find from various places. Some of them occasionally had problem in two of my four set-top players playing the last 15 minutes, skipping and freezing here and there. And for a particular disc, it is regular, not intermitten, it happens at that exact spot every time for the same disc.

Now I just go to cdrom2go.com for even cheaper (than the "cheapest") DVD blanks. They are not labeled whatsoever (which is excellent for my custom video), but I have bought hundreds from them and NEVER had a problem. And the edges are 100% smooth and even.

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Old February 20th, 2004, 07:04 PM   #4
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I buy pioneer dvd's, no cheapies.

"Did you try on another DVD player or dud you burn another DVD-R disk or brand?"

I've used other DVD authoring programs and pioneer disks and never had ythis problem. I usually never push the envelope so far as filling the disk.
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Old February 20th, 2004, 07:10 PM   #5
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Bryan,

I do have one production that I pushed to the disk capacity limit, burned to both DVD-R and DVD-RW. I didn't notice any trouble, but I'll report the actual capacity when I get home.
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Old February 20th, 2004, 09:21 PM   #6
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4.48 Gig?????

A burnable DVD will only hold 4.37 Gig!!!!
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Old February 21st, 2004, 12:37 AM   #7
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Well that 'splains it. I hadn't used Architect before. i downloaded the update and read Edward's notes in tips and tricks. Tips 'n tricks cleared up a lot. That series is extremely well written and loaded with everything you seem to need.

The overloading of the DVD was a result of Architects "auto" function.

I learned more reading the tips and tricks than by looking at sony's feeble manual.

Thanks Edward and all.
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Old February 21st, 2004, 03:57 AM   #8
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Bryan,

My biggest DVD did not exceed the DVD limits Edward just posted.

Hmmm. I'm wondering about "overburn". CDs originally held 650 MB, yet since then, I've been able to burn 700 and 800 MB CDs.
Although CD reader compatibility is not assured on other drives, I have no trouble reading from the outer limits of these disk on the
drive that created them.
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It could still be of questionable length. I would stick with the smaller size and work on getting a good burn from there. Also, did you stick a label on the DVD? Plus, different players have different levels of compatibility. So, it could really be a combination of things.

p.s. Recordable DVDs ARE limited to 4.37 gig - I don't know how you would be able to write an extra 110 Meg.
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Old February 23rd, 2004, 05:22 PM   #10
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I think it's the famous 1024 - 1000 rounding "issue", Edward.
If you multiple your number by 1024 (the correct number) and
devide it by 1000 you get 4.475 GB which rounds to 4.48.
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Old February 23rd, 2004, 08:18 PM   #11
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But the computer reporting the size of the file SHOULD be 1024 - limiting it to 4.37. Personally, either way I think it's dangerous to fill up a DVD 100%.
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Old February 24th, 2004, 05:18 AM   #12
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I agree with both comments Edward. It's just that this "anomaly"
was so close that I thought of it.
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Old April 12th, 2004, 07:33 PM   #13
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bad burns

I always had trouble with DVD Studio Pro 1.5. Now that I have 2.0, the problem disapeared. I let the program format the bitrate for me. I usually stay under 3.9gb, but can get 1-1/2 hour on it.

I use 4x printable from usdigitalmedia (cdtogo.com) and pay $85/100.

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