How to take care of DVD discs?
Since DVDs are read by a laser, they are resistant - to a point - to fingerprints, dust, smudges, and scratches. However, surface contaminants and scratches can cause data errors. So it's a good idea to take care of your discs.
Your first try? Here are some advices:
Fully utilize preview or test function. Some DVD authoring software allow you to create the DVD content in a folder on your hard drive. This is an exact copy of the DVD, but not on DVD media. Play and test your DVD from the hard drive on your computer screen. If you see any artifacts, tears or other signs of poor video quality, go back and transcode videos into MPEG2 again.
Buy some rewritable (DVD-RW or DVD+RW) discs so that you don't have to worry about spending a fortune on blank media while you learn how to master this new technology.
Once you are sure that your DVD is the way you like it, burn it onto a rewritable disc. Test your project directly from disc, either in your computer or your set top player. If you run into any problems with the video quality the first thing you may want to do is try a different burning software to take the data from the folder to the DVD media. Your DVD burner most likely came with this software. If that doesn't get the job done you may want to try transcoding those segments again, possibly using different settings.
When you can burn a rewritable DVD that works 100% you can then go on and produce your single use DVDs. If I am going to be making more than a few copies, I like to do it directly from the folder, using the DVD burning software.
Once you have become more experienced you will know all the right settings for your particular system. At that point you'll be able to skip these extra steps and just burn directly from the authoring software.
Want to know more about DVD?
If you are really interested in more details of DVD, click here for the official online DVD FAQ. It is the most complete source of DVD information. Get yourself ready to read lots of technical stuff, though.
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