3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 30, 2007 12:50 PM by SDMacuser
Iain Cowper2 Level 1 Level 1
Please help! I am getting conflicting advice regarding the best speed to burn a DVD Video (in DVDSP, iDVD, Disk Utility etc) that will be used as a duplication master. I have read online that you should avoid slowing down the burn too much (I think because the disc dyes etc are 'optimised' for faster speeds) and that you will run into problems if you burn an 8x disc at 1 or 2x. However, a technician assures me that you should slow the burn right down and that professional duplicators and production houses never burn a DVD at its rated speed! Who is correct? Any help or links appreciated. Thanks in advance.

MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Len Goff Level 6 Level 6
    +a technician assures me+

    I agree.

    I recommend a disk image burned to Verbatim DVD-R at 4X or slower using Toast or Disk Utility. You can set burn speed in iDVD '08 if not creating a disc image.

    David Pogue also recommends Verbatim on page 356 of his book:

    iMovie HD & iDVD 6: The Missing Manual

    Quoting David: "Cheaper brands don't use the same amount of organic dyes and are more likely to suffer premature deaths."
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4
    Burning too slow is often just as bad as burning too fast.


    I find Taiyo Yuden to be the best media (at 4X).

    I use it with iMovie 06 and iDVD 08.
  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6
    Burning too slow is often just as bad as burning too fast.

    It's possible this may apply to the latest / newest DVD Burners on the market but not necessarily to the Burners that have been on the market for some time now like the Pioneer 103 for example. I own three separate burners, all Pionneer (103, 107, and 110U). The newest S-Drive I own is a Pioneer 110U in an ext. FW Enclosure. Originally my G4 733 came with a Pioneer 103. It still works but it now lives in an older G4 PM as a backup ... Still works great (at SLOWER BURN SPEEDS)!

    But slower is better on this particular early model /S-Drive. And the same applies to the Pioneer 107. However, it does not apply to the latest Pioneer burners like the 110U, 111, nor the 112.

    As pointed out in the above article you mentioned media can and often does contribute /influence the actual write speed that the drive will default to when burning a DVD. Very good article btw and thanx for bringing it to our attention.

    Contrary to what is written in the above article though .... "slower is better" provided your burner is also an earlier model (and perhaps not so if you have the latest/ newer burner/s).