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DVD burning problem? Answered

Everytime I burn a DVD (I use windows DVD Maker) It works on the computer, but only a few DVD players. I have an older one and a portable one that only some of the DVDs will wok on, otherwise I just get error messages. I also have a newer DVD player in which they all work on. Does anyone know whats going on? BTW- I'm using DVD-Rs. Thanks!

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yokozuna

8 years ago

It can really be any number of things, a couple of which have been touched on. You would have to address a specific DVD player in order to solve it's exact problem. The DVD format is the most common, as touched on by frollard. If that fails, you should try switching the brand of discs you are using. Another thing to try is burning it with a different program, as this will cause it to burn a slightly different lead in which may help. Basically it boils down to a compatibility issue and you have to figure out what's not compatible.

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kelseymh

8 years ago

Reduce the "compression factor" you use. Burn at "x1" or "x2" instead of "x16". The higher compression allows you to store more data on the DVD, which is done by making the spots (the burned pits which represent 1's and 0's) smaller dimension. Older DVD players aren't able to distinguish pits which are too small.

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frollardkelseymh

Answer 8 years ago

I've never heard of compressed data on a disk -- its all raw data at a standard size in my experience to work with the asynchronous data transfer from the laser -- the pit quality DOES change with burning speed, so indeed lower speed is generally better quality.

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frollard

8 years ago

DVD-R has limited compatability with older dvd players. +R is the original format with less 'features' (in a very low level sense) but more compatability.

http://www.summationtechnology.com/dvd-player-compatibility-chart.htm

If you have the option get +R as they usually work better.