Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to bluebliss909)
whatever iDVD is doing is 'ruining' them without burning them!
To avoid that problem and to help assure the highest quality final product follow this workflow:
Once you have the project as you want it save it as a disk image via the File ➙ Save as Disk Image menu option. This will separate the encoding process from the burn process.
To check the encoding mount the disk image and launch DVD Player and play it. If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was good.
Then burn to disk with Disk Utility or Toast at the slowest speed available (2x-4x) to assure the best burn quality. Always use top quality media: Verbatim, Maxell or Taiyo Yuden DVD-R are the most recommended in these forums.
As I mentioned in my original post I was having issues actually saving the disk image.
I attempted to do so again, and it worked, maybe. I was unable to open it with iDVD.
I proceeded to the disk utility to burn it and this error message appeared: "Unable to burn... (The disk drive didn't respond properly and cannot recover or retry)
Now what on Earth does this mean?
I was having issues actually saving the disk image.
Were you getting a message about encoding errors? That's an indication that the media might be involved. See Bengt Wärleby's post in this topic regarding encoding errors: Stage 4 Multiplexing - Media error in...: Apple Support Communities
How long is your project? Do you really need the double layerd disks?
It might be a hardware issue. Try running a cleaning disk in the optical drive. The kind that has brushes only. Don't use any that uses liquid in any way. Can you burn a data disk from the Finder?