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Linda O'Connell
DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 22, 2009 at 12:33:53 pm

Could someone please explain or point me in the right direction for what exactly Burn Speed means?
My DVD burner broke and I need to purchase a new one. I am wondering what 6x/8x/20x etc means? And is burning at one speed better (not just quicker) than burner at another?




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Jon Geddes
Re: DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 22, 2009 at 3:41:15 pm

I posted an article in my blog about this, you might be interested in reading it:

http://precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/successful-burning/

Burn Speed is of course the speed at which the data is burned to the disc. Burning at a faster speed will take less time to burn the same amount of data. The faster you burn, usually the more errors occur on the disc, creating skipping problems. Regardless of what speed your burner or media supports, I recommend burning no faster than 4X for a reliable data transfer.

Jon Geddes
Motion Graphics Designer
http://www.precomposed.com


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Linda O'Connell
Re: DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 22, 2009 at 3:50:39 pm

Very informative. Thank you. One more question, is it better to buy 8x or 16x blank media. Does that generally make a difference or not?





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Roman Melekh
Re: DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 22, 2009 at 6:09:20 pm

is it better to buy Verbatim media and write 4x (DVD) or 24x (CD) or 2x (BD)



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Jon Geddes
Re: DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 22, 2009 at 11:20:18 pm

If both discs are the same brand, I would think the 16x media would be better quality than the 8x, but this is just a guess.

Jon Geddes
Motion Graphics Designer
http://www.precomposed.com


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Michael Sacci
Re: DVD Burn Speed Question
on May 23, 2009 at 3:34:54 am

As for mastering (not duplication) I have been using 8x Maxell DVD-Rs Plus Series for years and burning full speed and have zero problems with them playing back in players and being used as pre-Masters.

I would buy the fastest drives and then throttle back the burn with disc speed or burn in Toast (I always burn in DVDSP and like I've said I get as close to 100% playable as one could hope for)



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