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sylvia mcclure

 
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Can someone suggest what brand of dvd works best to burn a movie. I have
a 2009 macbook pro.
I have been using verbatim & some will not play well in dvd players.
Any advice is appreciated.
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I personally like Sony disks, almost never have a problem with them.

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I personally prefer Taiyo Yudens, but it's a bit harder to get those usually as most stores carry lesser brands like Maxell or memorex (ick) - I usually order from CD Dimensions, but they primarily sell in bulk.

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I generally use Sony as well, but I've never had a problem with the odd brands I find on sale.


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Thanks for the input.... I have used Sony as well & had a few problems with them.
When I had a dell they suggested Verbatim & Sony. Just didn't know if there was anything better for mac. I make movies of dog seminars & burn a ton of dvd's for the participants.
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Verbatim are first class discs, and what do you mean 'will not play well in DVD players?" Is this referring to computer or TV players? Have always found Toast Titanium the best burning software for making DVD's, computer or TV units.
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I have had complaints that the discs ( burned on verbatim with my macpro 2009) skip & will stop playing completely in their dvd players.
Some have told me they have tried as many as 3 different dvd players with the same problem.
Not all have had this problem , but a few. For example I have sent 15 people a 6 dvd set of a seminar and had 3 people contact me with the problem of the disc not playing all the way thru or skipping.
Maybe its not the disc , but I don't know what else to think???
Open to any suggestions.
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Sony is the best brand of DVD. I always use Sony disks for watching movies and for downloading.
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If it is working for 12/15, the problem sounds like it is on the other 3 users end. Maybe they need to look at their DVD players. Try and copy on to another brand of disc and see if their problems continue.
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I agree with Harry. I have had the best luck with Verbatim also. What speed are you burning at? That can make a difference especially with some older SetTop DVD players. Try burning at a slower speed.

I have had the most issues with Memorex here. Burns never completing leave alone playing. Of everything I have tried Verbatim has been the best overall with both Macs and Windows machines here.
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I like Verbatim, TDK, Maxell and Imation. Like dtravis7 suggested use a slower burn speed. I also tend to use DVD-R, which work in most of the DVD player I have run into.

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I like Verbatim, TDK, Maxell and Imation. Like dtravis7 suggested use a slower burn speed. I also tend to use DVD-R, which work in most of the DVD player I have run into.
RMan brought up another excellent point I tend to forget about. Some older DVD players also have issued with +R (if I remember correctly) DVD's but work better with -R media.
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That's because the -r specification is from the DVD consortium/DVD Forum which is the group that set down the standards for DVD medium. +Rr was from a grouping of companies that pretty much went against the Forum (I think it had something to do with licensing issues if I recall correctly) and wasn't accepted as a standardized DVD format by the Forum until like '07 or '08.

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I'll start by saying that you are putting yourself in a no win situation. When you start burning disks for other people you have to realize that in any group of people you will find people with DVD players that range from top of the line to some old piece of crap they bought from a garage sale. Not all DVD players are alike. What plays in 1 may not play in another.

That said there are some things you can do to increase the odds of the DVDs working. Start by using -r disks... they were the first standard so the odds of them working in any range of DVD players your customers have should be slightly higher... especially since most DVD players that play +r also play -r but not all -r will play +r.

Next, I would suggest you get a external burner and not rely on the mac book pros internal burner. While the MBP burner may work fine I've also found that when I burn the same thing using the same brand of disk that I can sometimes get coaster from the Mac's internal drive (though they often still work on the Mac's drive they just don't work on the home player)...

As for brands, as long as you stick with named brands you should be okay. But never assume the named brands are 100%, I once had a 50 disk pack and after 4 coasters started looking at them closely and found that each one was defective.

Lastly, it might not be the most popular thing to say, but I tend to get more consistent results using Nero in windows than I do with any burning program for the Mac OS.
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Taiyo Yuden produce the fewest coasters for me and their shelf life is great once burned. I have Sony, Memorex and some other lower end disc that have become unreadable after a year or so. I finally went through and rewrote all the movies onto TY. Worth it for sure and I buy them at supermediastore.com for 100 was 38 bux or so (8x -R).
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