I'm in the final phases of authoring an intricate DVD, which due to the sheer amount of data it holds must be dual layer. This is to be an instructional and set-up disc, which will accompany a tangible product.
Further, this is a start-up product; my initial goal is to achieve placement with a few re-sellers by sending out a handful of "beta" DL-DVDs to interested prospects for review. Due to start-up budget constraints and the strong probability of changes to the DVD before wide release, I'd prefer not to invest the approximate $1500.00 on a replication run right now.
I am using DVD Architect 5.2 for this task; I've been compiling and burning iterations of the project for testing as the build develops. The burned discs have thus far worked fine on newer DVD players, including portables; however the same discs have exhibited issues on somewhat older devices, i.e. 5-6 years old.
Short of the obvious (biting the $1500.00 bullet), are there any recommendations for maximizing compatibility in terms of method, e.g. compile in DVDA and use ImgBurn to set the break point and burning, etc. - just to get up and running?
Any expert advice is tremendously appreciated.
PS - When it is time to go to replication, any advice for this same project would be equally appreciated.
Haven't done much DVD authoring in quite a while, but back when it was our main delivery media, I remember that most player incompatibility problems were due to the brand of media. Where we'd have a compatibility problem on one player, simply burning to a different brand of disc would take care of it, but possibly result in incompatibility elsewhere.
It got to the point that we created a standard waiver advising a client to use replication rather than duplication, and that failing to do so released us from liability of any player incompatibility claims.
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In addition to what Mr. Brame said, I would recommend not using dual layer DVDs at all. No matter what brand disc you use to burn, dual layer discs have compatibility issues on a lot of players. You are far better off splitting your project onto two discs. Even if you are replicating, dual layers can be an issue.