I'm getting occasional pauses when playing back burned DVD's on set-top players and I am looking for help as to the cause. The pause is only momentary - no more than a second. The discs are perfectly clean - no fingerprints, scratches, etc.
USUALLY, I cannot duplicate the pause at a specific place (ie, if I "rewind" to before the pause, then resume play, it likely will not happen again). I have never experienced the problem more than 2-3 times over the course of an entire movie. Sometimes not at all, sometimes a few times for the exact same movie.
I have a Dell 8200 2.4 Ghz P4, 512 Mb RAM, Benq 1620 G7P9 f/w, Win XP Sp1 for my burning machine. I have exclusively used TY02's - mostly Fujifilm brand, but also went through a pack from Rima with the same results. I always burn at 8X, never have any other apps running (incl virus, firewall, etc) when running DVD Decryptor, DVD Shrink nor Sonic (came with the 1620). I get consistently beautiful scans using Nero's CD/DVD Speed.
I loan out a lot of my DVD's which is one of the reasons I wanted backups. I've had input from at least 5 others who have borrowed my discs, all also getting occasional pauses on a variety of set-top players, although I cannot quote exactly which mfg/model everyone has. My personal player is a Sony and fairly new.
So, is this just a normal symptom of burned backups, or are most folks getting flawless playback from quality media? I deliberately purchased the TY02's because I was led to believe that quality media was the key to perfect playback, but that is not happening for me.
One final note - I do have the 1620 setting book type to DVD-ROM. I am beginning to wonder if this could be a problem - is it possible that the player would handle the discs in a different manner if I just left it as DVD+R, or is this just something that should make no difference whatsoever in playback?