Hi guys. This may seem to be more a burning software related question but there seems to be something very related to the DVD media also going on, so bare with me.
When I first started burning movie DVD’s from ISO files (with nero6 on my Pioneer 108) I noticed by default nero didn’t tick the “finalize DVD” checkbox so I had to do it manually. I soon found that my DVD’s played fine on my home player regardless of whether or not this setting was selected and eventually stopped bothering to finalize the discs. At the time I was using Princo’s, yuk media yes but for some reason movies burnt on this media played on my home player regardless of whether or not the disk was finalized.
After I discovered that Princos were crap I started trying various other media (all DVD-R at that stage) and I would frequently find brands that worked well in the computer (and scanned better than the Princos) but for some reason they would often fail to “load” in my home DVD player. Not all the time though, it was very erratic, some discs from the same spindle would play every time, others never and others might only play approx one time in 3 that the disk was inserted etc. The strange thing about this was that it didn’t appear to be simply due to poor media, because even discs that had to be inserted six or more times before they’ed finally play would however play perfectly (all the way through) once they were eventually recognized by the player. On the other hand my Princos would always load up and start to play ok, every time, even if it was a realy bad princo that would freeze or stuff up near the end of the movie. Weird huh.
I always attributed this to just a fussy home player and never considered that it might be related to the “unfinalized” discs I was feeding it. I thought that it would be either a case of they all work or none work (in a particular player), I didn’t think it would be dependant on the brand of media. But lately since I’ve taken to checking the “finalize DVD” option in nero I never seem to get that failure to load problem in my home player. Even brands that sometimes gave the problem dont seem to be giving me those load failures anymore. So can this be true, could the effect of finalizing the disc on the compatabilty/incompatabilty of a burnt DVD-R be dependant on the brand of media used. The other weird thing about this of course is that Princo, which is one the the worst media available, was the one that NEVER gave me problems as to whether or not the DVD was finalized?