DVD Burning Tips
Are you looking for tips to make DVD
burning a stress-free experience? In this article you'll find a few practical
and sensible tips that will help you circumvent common DVD burning and playback
DVD Burning Tips
Are you looking for tips to make DVD burning a stress-free experience? Below are
a few practical and sensible tips that will help you circumvent common DVD
burning and playback problems.
As veteran disc copiers will tell you, DVD burning isnít rocket science. Thereís
no secret formula to success. Nor is there an IQ requirement to get the job
done. There is, however, a need for a bit of common sense. Read on and
discover things you probably already know but donít necessarily practice.
1. Always use reliable media. The quality of the blank DVD-R used often gets the
blame for the bulk of burning errors. And while it isnít always the only
culprit, neither is it merely a scapegoat. The kind of blank media you use can
and does affect the integrity of your finished product.
Burning starts with selecting the right blank media. Right doesnít always mean
expensive though. Many reliable brands are reasonably priced. Generally,
however, very cheap discs fall short of being right. So think twice before
scrimping on DVD-Rs. In the long run, the little that you do save may cost you
more in the form of defective copies.
2. Examine each and every disc. Occasionally, faulty discs can slip through the
quality control inspection of even the most reputable manufacturers. Before
burning, inspect the recordable underside of each DVD-R for cracks, scratches,
spots and blotches. Physical defects, especially those on the discís
photosensitive layer, will cause recording flaws and playback distortions.
3. Keep things clean. Burning errors can arise from the use of unclean hardware
or media. Dust the outside of your DVD burner regularly to prevent contaminants
from reaching the laser eye. Also handle and store discs with care. Keep them
free of dust, grime or grease that may result in imperfect and unplayable
4. Choose your software and hardware wisely. Look for user-friendly software
that you can effortlessly navigate through. If your software has a complicated
interface, you can easily make mistakes that can undermine the burning process.
Also make sure that both your DVD burner and software have good customer tech
support. When things go wrong, it always helps to consult the experts.
5. Keep your software updated. Burning errors are sometimes due to software
bugs. Once anomalies are detected, software designers devise patches to remedy
them. If you register your burning application and regularly install updates,
you could save yourself a lot of needless trouble.
6. Check for compatibility. The format of the disc can dictate its playability.
By default, the Universal Disc Format (UDF) specifications of most burning
programs are automatically set at UDF 1.5. However, UDF 1.5 cannot be read by
all drives and players. By switching to UDF 1.02 you can make your discs
readable across the board. Donít panic, itís not as complicated as it sounds.
You can easily assign UDF values from a list or dropdown menu.
7. Donít multitask. For quicker and more efficient disc burning, turn off all
other programs, including antivirus software, games and screensavers. The
burning process is resource intensive. If you have other applications
running in the background, the procedure may take longer than necessary. By
overtaxing your system, you also leave yourself open to avoidable burning
8. Donít rush things. If you have time on your hands, burn at slower speeds.
Doing so will reduce the risk of errors. If youíre willing to endure the wait,
burning at slower speeds can yield more stable and higher quality DVDs.
9. Label with care. How you tag your DVDs can affect their performance. If you
donít want to invest in a new hardware that can print directly onto blank discs,
you can choose either of the following options
a. Simply write on your disc. But be sure to write lightly using a felt-tipped
pen. Sharp writing instruments may scrape through the topmost stratum of the
disc and damage the fragile recordable layer underneath it.
b. Use adhesive labels. Opt for the full, donut-style stickers that cover the
entire disc. Avoid tiny stickers (such as mailing labels) that can affect the
balance and performance of your DVD as it spins in your player. Small labels can
also easily come loose and damage your player during playback.
DVD burning problems are often the result of a compendium of mistakes, many of
which can be avoided using good old common sense.
As the above steps show, if you donít overlook the obvious, burning can be a
About The Author:
Jasmine Ong is a staff writer for http://easydvdburning.com/ a leading independent DVD software review website.