this is my 1st time burning dvds and i want to know all the facts before i successfully burn a dvd [many failed attempts already]. im using a LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter: GSA-H42L. my dvd player is a Samsung DVD V4600. the movie is in .avi form. i would like to burn on double layers dvds. so here are a few questions:
1. Im currently using ConvertXtoDVD, but is there a better program that you guys recommend? It doesn't have to be free.
ConvertXtoDVD does a pretty good job, and a lot of people swear by it. In my opinion, programs such as vegas and adobe, are slightly better. There will be a lot of differing opinions on this subject.
2. I heard that if I wanted to get a double layer dvd, i should get Verbatim, and nothing else. True or False?
For now, I have not heard of anyone having consistently good results with anything other than Verbatim.
3. Which is better (DL) DVD+R(W) or (DL) DVD-R(W)?
From what I have read in the forums, people are mostly sticking with the +r for now.
4. Do most DVD players play double layered dvds? cause i cant seem to find if my dvd player can or cant.
Most players should be able to handle them with no problems.
5. When programs, such as ConvertX, convert from .avi to DVD, do they also make the quality better for TVs?
Your quality depends on a few things. First is the quality of the original source. Second depends on the bitrate that you encode to. Higher bitrates generally mean better quality, as long as you don't try to go too high. Most folks recommend somewhere between 8000 and 9000 as a bitrate, and up to 15000 for HDTV (as long as that is where your source came from). There are always instances where these numbers will need to be changed (if your source is from VHS, you won't see any benefit to a bitrate over about 7000), and you can usually go 1/2 D1 which allows you to get a lot of data on one dvd, with an acceptable quality (but won't look at that good on an HDTV.)
i think thats it for now.