I'm new to the scene so forgive me if I'm making any dumb mistakes.
For my first media I choose:
100 disks of "Digital HQ 1X-4X DVD-R 4.7GB Media High Quality" from shop4tech.com they are $0.61 per unit and labeled as "high quality". Currentley I'm thinking the High quality claim is a load of crap.
Using Kprobe2 this media identifies as the following:
Disc Type DVD-R
Book Type DVD-R
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
Media ID SONY04D1
Protection System None
Capacity 4.14 GB
Free Size 0.00 GB
Free Blocks 0
Number of Layers 1
Linear Density 0.267 um/bit
Track Density 0.74 um/track
Maximum Read Speed 5.8x
Maximum Write Speed 4.0x
Current Write Speed 4.0x CLV
Write Speed Performance Descriptor 1 4.0x CLV
Write Speed Performance Descriptor 2 2.0x CLV
My dvd burner hardware is a Lite-On:
PID DVDRW LDW-811S
F/W Revision HS0P
Date Code 2004/01/09 17:49
FlashROM Manufacturer ID BF
FlashROM Device ID D8
FlashROM Type SST(SST39LF/VF080)(+3.3V)
Vendor Resets Available 4
User Resets Available 4
RPC Scheme RPC II
Burst Rate 27.12 MB/S
For ripping and shrinking I used a combination of AnyDVD and DVDShrink, then I burned the disk with Nero 6.
My first few DVD's were not so great, they take a while to load in my RCA DVD player. When I would get near the end of the movie (end of the media) the movie would start freezing up and skipping. This led me to the thought of compressing the movies down further than the default, therefore leaving the end of the media blank and just skipping the bad stuff on the end of the disk. This works fairly well, at least they play. I have however had a few flops that still freeze toward the end of the disk.
Therefore, I was not suprised when I downloaded this program called Kprobe2 and ended up with this result:
To me this looks like bad media, but I don't know much about it. This scan would play 3/4 of the way though on my RCA DVD player. One thing that catches my eye is that the kprobe media report says that the capacity is 4.14 GB, not 4500 as I originally figured, not even 4250 which I thought would be a sufficent buffer for this "end of disk" defect.
I re-shrunk my files from 4250 down to 4200 and burned it on a new disk and got this result:
This disk plays fine in my player.
If you have any suggestions that might help me out I'd be willing to listen.
Has anyone else used this media with simaliar or better results? Should I buy some name brand media? What about switching to DVD+r instead of -R? Someone told me that +R is more compatible with home players.