Dual Layer Quality with DVDFab Platinum

I have been using IMGBurn for all of my Dual Layer burning, but I am considering purchasing DVDFAB Platinum for the one click advantage. The first Dual Layer burn I tried did not work. The movie was Even Almighty and of course I was using Verbatim disks. I was using the VSO option. Not one coaster with IMGBurn, but my first attempt with DVDFAB was a coaster.

Was this just coincidence, or is it better to use IMGBurn for DL?

Just curious how well DVDFAB is doing for others?

Thanks for your commments!

I switched to DLs and Clone mode for all but the shortest movies a few months ago. I have been using DVDFab + Verbatim DLs for over a year with Clone and other modes and have had less than a handful of coasters. Try one or two more. Another user reported a problem with Evan Almighty. You might look in (and post) the burn log.

Bummer…Just tried another and did not work with my DVD player. Both the Evan Almighty and this current backup worked perfectly when written with IMGBurn. I guess I will stick with what works.

Still bought DVDFab for single layer burns. A lot of nice features!

Thanks for your reply

Please post a burn log from this for us to look at. May have a clue as to what is going on. Don’t give up yet!:slight_smile:

Everything seems to go fine. I tried in my old DVD player and it plays, but I need them to work in my new DVD player. Both are Sonys.

10/11/2007 6:28:23 PM info ******************** Report session closed *********************
10/11/2007 6:24:25 PM info Media removed. Burning layer not ready to write
10/11/2007 6:24:23 PM info Finalization Time 00:01:37 - Total completion time 00:26:51
10/11/2007 6:22:45 PM info Write finished in 00:25:14 - Finalization start here. Avg. burn rate 4.32
10/11/2007 5:57:33 PM info Lead-in burning time (mS) 3
10/11/2007 5:57:31 PM info Write started 4023696 sectors to write
10/11/2007 5:57:31 PM info Layer change set to LBA 2056192 (3.92 Gb.)
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Writing speed requested x6.0, effective x6.0
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Layer break set by user at sector 2056192
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Available write speed: 6x, 4x, 2.4x
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Media ID: MKM-001-00
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Media type: Dual Layer DVD+R
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info DMA Mode
10/11/2007 5:56:53 PM info Write started
10/11/2007 5:23:07 PM info New media inserted. Burning layer is ready to write
10/11/2007 5:23:06 PM info Compatible media types : DVD-R, DVD-RW Seq., DVD-RW RO, DVDRAM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DL DVD+R, DL DVD-R
10/11/2007 5:23:04 PM info New Drive selected : 1:0:0 - HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B DL13 [F] (Ide)
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info Current Drive selected : 1:0:0 - HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B DL13 [F] (Ide)
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info Using Patin-Couffin driver Version 1.37, Internal revision 37 - Async. Access mode
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info User default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info System default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info DLL Version
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info DLL C:\Program Files\DVDFab Platinum 3\vso_hwe.dll
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info Version 3, 2, 1, 0
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info ExeName : "C:\Program Files\DVDFab Platinum 3\DVDFabPlatinum.exe"
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info OS : Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
10/11/2007 5:21:37 PM info ******************** Report session started ********************

Is the DvD+R DL being booktyped to DvD-Rom?

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Good call! I missed that check box in the settings. I will try again soon. Out of DL’s at the moment.

If you are still having problems with standalone playback after bitsetting, try reducing the burn speed to 4X or 2.4. For reliable performance above 2.4X I had to go to the orange label Verbatims (MKM-003). Noticed you are using the older ones.

Which make is the most reliable for burning DL discs? I’ve been using Memorex DVD+R DL, just because it’s cheap, but it has been very frustrating at times as DVDFab often doesn’t recognize the disc in the drive.

Verbatim DVD+R DL is almost a must. They are the most reliable. I have been using them for a long time, and have very few coasters. They are more expensive, but small price to pay for less frustration and quality.

I myself would use a better quality media such as Verbatim’s as Memorex isn’t very good media, remember you get what you pay for so cheap just isn’t the way to go if you want good quality burns and something that will last down the road


When you use the setting “Recommended” for burn speed. Do you know how that is determined? I have heard a lot on this forum, that half the max disc speed is best.

I am thinking I will manually set the speed depending on the media I am using. I would be nice if they could add the ability to automatically set speed by media type, like IMGburn does. Maybe that has already been suggested??

I distrust software that thinks it knows more about my system than I do and makes automatic choices (how can it know what my standalone player will tolerate?). This is one reason I like DVDFab so much: almost everything has a user option. I’m not sure how “Recommended” is derived but from what other users report it is always way too fast in my opinion. I manually set speed at 8X for Verbatim +Rs, 4X for Verb DLs and half the above if I am caught without Verbatims and have to use other blank media. Speed kills.:slight_smile:

Well, with IMGBurn, the media type comes up and you tell it what speed to use, and will automatically use that speed for that media type in the future. You are still utlimately in control.

With DVDFAB, I will manually set, as I use the same philosophy you do regarding speed.

Just wanted to report back that I tried changing the BookType and burned at a slower speed, but that still did not work. I then took that same iso file and burned with IMGBurn and it was successful. I cant afford to waste any more DL’s, so I am going to stick with IMGBurn for DL burns. Single layer burns are fine with DVDFAB. Guess I have a finicky DVD player.

Thanks for your support!