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Burning DVD results in broken-up video and audio

64-bit Win 7, TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224DB
I am trying to make a copy of a music DVD to an Verbatim 8x DVD R DL blank. I use BurnAware to create the iso file (about 7.3gb) on my computer, and then burning with the Windows Disc Image Burner. The burn completes (with verification), but the resulting video and audio are broken-up. The video is highly pixelated. I have tried a couple different blanks, but with the same result. I have not yet tried at a lower speed. I'm wondering if I have some bad blanks.

Any suggestions. I would also like a recommendation as to a good DVD/CD cloning software.

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There are 2 issues.

Neither may fix it because some players don't like recorded media.

1. Burn at a low speed like 2X.
2. Do not use DL media. Besides players that don't like recorded media, some dislike DL media even more.

My fix is to rip the content so it plays off USB sticks or drives.

Burning software rarely changes the results but since you asked I use ImgBurn from ninite.com and to make an ISO that I can play with VLC Player on my PC I use DVDFAB.

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DL Media

Thanks for the reply. Didn't realize that I could play the iso directly with VLC. That works great!
If I'm trying to burn to a DVD, I believe I have to use DL since I'm burning over 7gb. In the past few years, even with the limiting burning that I do, I've noticed a big decline in media quality. I've had packs of RW DVDs that fail more than 50% of the time. That's why I'm thinking this problem is probably the media and not the burning software. I can play the iso file in VLC just fine.

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Or it's an older DVDRW drive.

I see them die off about 2 or so years of use. Today I'm using an USB DVDRW that was 25 bucks on Amazon. I did snag a deal on a BluRay USB 3.0 recorder for 55 bucks so when my DVDRW starts to make coasters I'll try the new recorder.

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Drive is only 6 months old

Drive is always a possibility although this one's only about 6 months old and it's not one of the cheapest brands available.

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My (old) advice.

Even with all stars in alignment, burn at half the media or drive speed, whichever is lowest.

If the target player is some DVD player, burn at 2x and try both the + and - DVD media. Avoid DVDRW unless the target is your own PC's recorder. I've used RW for testing but found that if DVD players have troubles with recorded media, RW media is far worse.

Not that I've cured a thing here. Just sharing my lessons and these were tips handed down since about 1993.

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