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  1. Hello all, Which is the best way to verify a good burn? Presently i Check the DVD quality with nerospeed by runnning scandisk then set IMGBURN to verify after write. is this the best way? I know it sounds an obvious question but as an example I was backing up a dvd & nero said straight away that there were 'bad' (red) sectors on the first bit of the dvd. Played it in my standalone dvd player-it was fine & wrote & verified ok???! The other way I check an original dvd for errors is put it on fast forward x 20-if the errors are bad the dvd won't play past them. Is this another (quicker!) way then nero? Thanks! Chris. PS-By the way-I've found some great value DVD + R media called 'write-on'. ?4-00 for 25! Dye is MCC-003-00 & copies great-only had a couple of wrong un's-PM or e-mail me if you want info.
  2. Hello again all, My quest for excellence in the DVD world continues....basically I'm trying to change a 16:9 widescreen DVD rip to 4:3 (checked the DVD only 16:9 aspect-no option for 4:3) (older tv & I prefer 4:3) by using DixxtoDVD (free version) & changing the aspect to 'force 4:3'. Firstly I rip all files (file mode to their own esktop folder) to a folder, open folder, highlight all files, click 'open' which puts all the files (all VOB, 5 files in total) in to DixxtoDVD, hit 'convert', says 25 minutes. Happily carries on, gets to last 5 seconds & suddenly the 5 seconds is shown as a semi complete green progress 'bar' & goes VERY slowly. The programme is still encoding/analysing at the same speed but the progress bar is VERY slow & stuck on 5 seconds (all be it moving very slowly). Gave up as it had taken 1 1/2 hours (got 640 odd MB on system & 20 GB hard drive). My aim was to then convert to an image with IMAGETOOL & re-burn using decrpter/imageburn to DVD & hey presto, 4:3 aspect!! 2 questions....A)-Am I doing this completely wrong....??! -Or will it take loads of time & will work-leave overnight?? Thanks again! Chris
  3. Figured that might be the case.....Must try & get a new remote-think the key may be there!
  4. Hi-this may be a dumb question but can you change widescreen films to full screen in a dvd copy??? My TV remote has been lost AGES ago & I can't get any other remote to work with it. Is it simple to do (as I'm a newbie) or only for the 'technoheads' (???!). Thanks! Chris
  5. Hi all, took off realplayer, did the 'admin template' thing, still no 'box' appearing! As all else works fine will just leave it but I HATE mysterys! Not technical enough to move cables, etc but again THANKS ALL for the help! Chris
  6. Thanks guys (got your other reply cornholio)-re: real player I'm sure there was some sort of 'update' or 'additional files needed' & I seem to remember either downloading them automatically OR started to download them & then stopped as i thought I did not really need it (scatty I know!)?? Tried the 'properties' thing & a system restore but still no joy. The drive recognises all media (tried with a CD audio, a copied DVD & a blank DVD & all the programmes recognised the disks were there!). The other reason I'm flapping a bit is that if you remember the same drive bought a week ago had to go back as it stopped recognising ANY media.....so the windows 'box' is a comfort thing really! Just occaisinally, though, I'll put a CD/DVD in & the relavent programme (ie IMAGEBURN, SHRINK, CDXPPO) still says no disk in the drive??! If after one more try it does not work a re-boot fixes it. Only very very occaisional but why should this happen-just curious??
  7. Hello! When I put ANY media in my Pioneer DVR-110 I used to get the windows 'box' saying 'do you want to play this cd/burn, etc...' this now does not appear at all. So say, for example I put a CD in that I'd just copied & wanted to play it to check it (or any media for that matter!) I don't get the 'box' appearing to allow me to do this. However-if i go in to 'my computer' & click on 'dvd drive d' it SHOWS the tracks are there!! Same with my many DVD programmes such as DVD Shrink, imageburn, cdxp, etc...so i can copy, etc but find this a bit strange! Now I don't as a rule use the computer to play movies/cd's (just burn them!) but wondered if you knowledgable folks new of a solution or a setting i could change??! It produced the 'window' up until yesterday & nothings changed on the system since then. Should I try 'system restore' & go back to yesterday?? I'm on XP by the way....any answers in baby language as I'm a newbie! Thanks! Kind regards, Chris
  8. Yup-sussed my mistake-tahnks all for your help-now working fine! Chris
  9. Your are completely correct-no have correct version & all works fine-thanks for your help! Chris
  10. Hi all, Anyone know of any alternative freeware downloads that do the same job as IMAGETOOL but allow you to use IMAGEBURN (also see my post further down). Thanks in advance-driving me nuts! Chris
  11. Hi all, Thanks for all the help so far! Can you tell me if it's possible to burn downloaded MPEG movies (up to 699kb) & compress them to DVD with imageburn? If not-can any of the experts on here reccomend a good freeware programme to do this? Sorry if this seems a thick question but I'm still learning(!) Chris
  12. Ok! Thanks....will resign myself to either copying my copies (if mates want a dvd!) OR (& more likely!) getting an external h/drive. Thanks for taking the time to help me! Chris
  13. Thanks LIGHTNING UK! Took it back & they've put a new one in-Pioneer think drive knackered &/or CD laser does not align?? All ok now though....
  14. Hello all! Thanks all for your great advice! Gone from not knowing ANYTHING to actually being quite good at this burning lark (!). On the advice of board members & links from this site I've worked out how to re-author & just shoot main movie-with 'deep analyser' & 'the other' (forgot button name but it's something to do with high quality!) on SHRINK my burns are, to my eye-same as the original & in some cases on compression is needed. I've been getting EXCELLENT results with 4X Ridata + R disks. I@m about to get some more media in bulk-any suggestions on A)-Best media to get -A budget option for less important back-ups? Interestingly I backed up a music concert (Depeche Mode-lots of colour, etc) with a cheapo poundland DVD X 4 -R & compared the reults with a RIDATA. The budget option is certainly watchable & seems as clear BUT the colour seems better on the RIDATA. Also the budget one 'stuck' 1/2 way through-a quick wipe cured this so it seems the cheapos are more 'delicate' (!). My main question! I burn an ISO image file to a desktop folder. As the files are so big I'd like a way to 'store' the ISO image on a disk to save time if i want to burn more disks-so I don't have to 'analyse', encode again, etc so if i need another copy i can just burn straight away & also not fill up my hard drive! I've tried various 'zip' programmes but they make hardly any difference. Now, my h/drive is only 32 GB. I search on the web & dowloaded a windows 'power' tool to help with ISO files (help to save them to disk). When i use this option (ist & in bold from right-click drop down menu-says 'save this image to disk' or thereabouts) it just says' incorrect media'??! If I try the other option 'send to CD drive' it just says 'windows has encountered a problem'??! Please can one of you experts tell me what I#m doing wrong or indeed if I'm barking up the wrong trr, so to speak??! Thanks! Chris
  15. Hi All! Fresh from my excitement of yesterdays 1st burn (!) my Pioneer writer SEEMS to have a problem. Whilst attempting to burn an audio cd, when i put a CDR disk in the writer to burn it just says 'empty drive or media not recognised'??! Tried a different cd-this time a traxdata disc, same again-even got a new pack-same again! The drive just seems to make a noise that repaeats every 5-8 secs-like its 'trying' to read the disk?? Strangely it's still burning DVD-R disks ok. Any ideas or do I have to take the b****y thing back?? Chris PS-Tried re-booting, etc...
  16. Sorry cornholio7, Have edited post. Any ideas on my questions? Also-does do any of the programmes I've listed (except dvdshrink), compress automatically? Thanks again! Chris
  17. Yes-thanks for all your help!! Just burning a dual-layer DVD Depeche Mode Concert for a friend-just to see the difference. Another question-is it possible to have TWO things on a dual layer disk? Reason i ask is that after burning this concert on dual-layer there'll be approx 40 minutes left on it-could i put another dvd rip on there-was thinking of some of their singles-or is it just a technical nightmare for a newbie like me! What freeware progs would you reccomend for the most up to date burning to hard-drive-are there any thst offer auto-updates?? I've downloaded good old DVD encryptor, DVD shrink, dvdfabdecryptor & cdburnerxp pro 3-which of these will carry the most up to date settings & offer auto/regualr update downloads? Thanks! Chris
  18. Hi cornholio7! Just sussed this when your post came in! Used SHRINK to save in ISO (made up a desktop folder). Imageburn is now 71% through as we speak (!!). Just out of interest-I still have the AUDIO & VIDEO files on my desktop-assume NERO can use these (friend is sending a copy) & if so is the quality same/better than an ISO copy?? Will post if succesfull with copy....97% now! Thanks for your help! Chris PS-SUCCESS!!!!! Just copied a music DVD (must admit on a very cheap disk-will buy in bulk & invest in some RITEKS or similar)-plays/looks/sounds great! Compressed by 59% (long concert) by DVDSHRINK but looks absolutely fine-cheers all!
  19. Hello all, I'm not a 'techie' so be gentle (!). I've recently put in a pioneer writer/burner for dvd/cd (dual layer). All installed fine & have successfully copied audio cd's using cdburnderxp pro 3. I've used DVDSHRINK to save to a folder on my desktop a music video dvd. It's done this & cracked the encryption & shrunk the size down to 4.35GB. In the folder there are 2 files, AUDIO_TS & VIDEO_TS. When I run Imageburn it says next to 'source' 'please select a file'. I xlick on this, change the 'look-in' drop sown menu to the folder (I've called it DVD rip) & clicked 'open' but then nothing??! Sholud there be an 'ok' button to allocate the folder to imageburn? I click 'write' on the programme & nothing happens?? I've checked all the simple things-like making sure the pioneer drive is shown & it knows that there is a dvd+r blank disk waiting but am really confused! Please can someone with more knowledge tell me in baby language-step-by-step-what I'm doing wrong??!! Thanks! Chris-United kingdom.
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