Discussion in 'CloneDVD' started by CKENN19, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. CKENN19

    CKENN19 Well-Known Member

    I'm aware of the fact that I need to locate some better quality DVDs to burn to, but apart from that, is there some other factor that would prevent my copies from having periodic picture sticks. Occasionally, I get a copy that is just fine, but most are having problems.

    Currently, I'm using Memorex from STAPLES.

    Again, I realize that I need to use better quality DVDs as suggested in these links:

    Just curious if there were any other factors?

    ALSO: the DVDs suggested are hard to find. Where's the best place? Certainly can't find them in any store.
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    1. Update your burner's firmware (if available)

    2. Use good quality media (Memorex, Ritek, Princo, Fuji, TDK from Costco, and Maxell that are not made in Japan are not good quality media). Are you using inferior blank media? If you're not using Taiyo Yuden Premium, Verbatim, Maxell Plus, or Maxell Broadcast Quality, then chances are the answer is yes.
    If you use poor quality blank media, then you should expect problems.


    3. Try lowering your burn speed (not below 4x; if you have a 16x burner and 16x rated media try writing to it at 12x instead of 16x; an 8x burn speed on 16x rated media wouldn't be a bad idea either)

    4. If you're using +R, +RW, or +R DL media, change the booktype to "dvd-rom" (step 3)

    5. Avoid sticker labels (they tend to cause problems)

    6. Try setting a custom size of 4300 in Clonedvd (but if you're using good media, you shouldn't have to) if you're using regular single layer dvd-5 (4.7GB) discs.

    7. Download Nero cd-dvd speed. It's a free program. Select the tab labeled "scandisc". Insert the problematic backup disc, select the appropriate drive letter, and click "start". If Nero cd-dvd speed reports read errors, your backup is bad (which is the most likely case), your optical drive may be slowly dying, or your optical drive simply doesn't like the disc (or your choice of blank media)--even if the disc looks fine.

    Bad burn quality is notorious around the end of discs (see step 6)
    and also at layer breaks when using low quality DL media (use Verbatim +R DL media made in Singapore, and change the booktype to "dvd-rom")

    Also, check the preview screen in Clonedvd to ensure you're backing up the proper title.

    read fully please
  3. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    The other factors are listed in my previous reply.

    Yeah, stop using that. Using better quality blank media (and possibly updating your firmware) would likely help significantly. Try Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden Premium, Maxell Plus, or Maxell Broadcast Quality

    You should be able to find Verbatim in most stores, I would think.

    I think you're in the U.S., right? If so, many people seem to like this place:
    (but I can't vouch for it)
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2007
  4. CKENN19

    CKENN19 Well-Known Member

    Yeah... apparently, not where I live... :doh:

    I'll keep looking.

    Also, I adjusted my MB to 4300.

    Thanks for the help. I've only had my programs for about a week. Still learning the quirks. Doing test runs. Feeling it out.
  5. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    If you use Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden Premium, etc. (good blank media), you shouldn't have to). Also, if you use 16x rated media, try an 8x (or 12x) burn speed. Don't burn at 16x.

    If you use +R blank media, change the booktype to "dvd-rom" (refer to my initial reply)
  6. CKENN19

    CKENN19 Well-Known Member

    Which is better Verbatim 8x +R or 8x -R?

    I'm over at the Verbatim website and they have:
    (Correction... I'm at

    Verbatim DVD+R 4.7GB 8X Branded 100pk Spindle $47.95
    Verbatim 4.7GB 8x Speed DVD-R 50 Pack Spindle $32.59
    Verbatim 8x Speed DVD-R 100-Pack Spindle $34.99
    Verbatim DVD+R 4.7GB 8X Branded Spindle 100PK $49.99

    I guess the higher priced item is usually the better buy, but not always.
    My intuition says to buy the 100pk of branded for $49.99?????

    a 50 pack of -R for $33 and a 100 pack of -R for $35. I don't get that?
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2007
  7. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    What model and brand burner do you have? If you have a 16x burner, I would go with some nice Taiyo Yuden Premium from or Verbatim from
  8. Waz

    Waz Member

    You know it might be your player and not your discs. I say this because I too have the same problems but only when I started using my Sony DVD player. All my disc play without any hesitation and no freezing of any kind in the Xbox, Xbox 360, my friends players, or my desktop. I've used the Memorex Discs for years however I moved to the Sony disc -R and +DL about six months ago.

    Just my .02 8)
  9. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Memorex should be avoided. And unless the Sony +R DL MID codes as MKM 001, it should also be avoided because you're really using Ritek :doh:
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2007
  10. bilbo65

    bilbo65 Well-Known Member

    Memorex is responsible, in my opinion, at least 95% of "sticking" problems for those people who persist in using them for movie backups.....