I’ve got a Pioneer 111d I bought retail. A couple of questions:
Which firmware version is most recommended for the drive? It says 1.02 as of now. (I do not want to void the warrantee with 3rd party f/w right now, and I’m considering not using the very latest f/w cuz I understand w/ Pio you cannot step back.) I may try 1.19
Can someone give clear instructions on how to update the firmware once I decide what version to use? I have not a clue how to do it. Is it just a matter of executing a downloaded file from Pioneer’s site?
Visual artifacts is not from the drive firmware. It would depend on many things such as what software did you use to convert your dvd movie and what burning software did you use to burn the Verbatim DVD-R disc. For instance when using dvdshrink if your video compression is under 60%, you could have pixelation and artifacts. Some believe anything under 80% will result with poor video quality. I use DVD Rebuilder Pro for most of my dvd backups. The video quality blows dvdshrink away!
As far as I know to use the official Pioneer firmware just double click on the exe file from the Pioneer website then follow the prompts. You could flash the drive in safe mode. Once you flash to the latest official Pioneer firmware you cannot go back to a older firmware.
If that’s true I’m disappointed. I used DVDD and Shrink, looks like a good rip. I’m going to try and update the firmware now and see how it does. I’ll stick w/ manufacturer for now. Maybe it could not handle 16X discs without the update?
What’s the easiest way to check a disc for quality after a burn?
Software like CINEMA CRAFT ENCODER and TMPGE PLUS encodes video while dvdshrink only transcodes which can result in lower video quality. Which is why I use DVD REBUILDER PRO for most of my dvd backups. There is a choice of video encoders that you can use with DVD REBUILDER PRO such as CINEMA CRAFT ENCODER & CANOPUS PROCODER.
I may try some of that stuff, however the rip I’m burning from appears perfect upon playback from HDD.
Can I just use CD-DVD Speed that comes with Nero 6.6 to quality check? That’s what I’m doing.
The RIP IS GOOD, and there is no compression. I’m using “Ace Ventura” (DVD5) as a test, and it’s in new condition.
I updated to 1.19 and burned again at 12X on Verbatim DVD-R MCC 03RG20.
I again got artifacts upon playback in my Panna stand alone, and a quality score of 93 from Nero (Norwood micro OEM BenQ Gfirmware scanning.) Movie also sometimes froze upon playback in PC where the artifacts were, but did seem to playback a little better on the PC using the BenQ.
Reburned the same rip at 4X score=99, no artifacts that I could see.
I could take it back to BB until Aug 5th, but I’m not ready to give up on the drive yet. Just a little surprised at the problems at 12X using quality media. Maybe it’s the firmware?
! Should I flash up to 1.23 (flashing was a breeze BTW) and see if it will burn better at higher speeds?
! Do you guys think the drive is behaving as it should?
DMA is on, drive is master from cable selelct, 80pin ide. Ripping with DVDDecryptor. Burning w/ Nero 6.6 after DVD shrink.
You need to use CD/DVD SPEED if you are going to do quality scans. Don’t use the one that comes with NERO BURN. Also when doing the quality scans you have to use 8X not 4x. Rescan it and see what kind of results you’ll get. Another thing is the VERBATIM DVD-R media could be defective spindle. Try burning DVD+R VERBATIM or TAIYO YUDEN. Returning the drive just because you’re getting low quality scans isn’t reason to return the drive to BEST BUY. What version of nero are you using? Is it 6.6.14?
If you’re ripping a DVD5 which is a single layer disc just read in ISO MODE then WRITE in ISO MODE by using DVD DECRYPTER. Or you can just rip to ISO MODE then write in ISO mode with IMGBURN. Both DECRYPTER & IMGBURN are the same author. There’s no need to use NERO BURN for ISO image.
i have an el-cheapo panasonic at home from costco (one of those VHS/DVD player combos) and it played all my burned DVDs fine. i’m using DVD+Rs with [B]bitsetting to DVD-ROM[/B], whether they were taiyo yuden (YUDEN000-T02), verbatims (MCC004), TDK (CMC-MAG-E01), or some crappy memorex that have all kinds of MIDs…