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Burn DVDs Like a Professional

duplication, DVD-RHawksM17 December 2010

It takes more than just equipment to be able to burn DVDs like a pro.

You will need a DVD ripper to compress your video into an mp3, wav, or ogg files, as well as the capability to compress audio in order to duplicate or replicate your files.

When considering speed, burners are measured in how much faster DVDs will burn than they play, but computer CPU capacity will also play a factor in how well your computer can keep up with the speed of the burner. Keep in mind that your machine will have to be able to convert burned data to DVD-r media on your hard drive. For optimal burning speeds, make sure you have at least 40GB of free space on your machine.

Now that you know the basics, here are some tips for getting the most out of your ripping equipment.

1. Use reliable media. The quality of the DVD-R disc you use will make all the difference in the quantity and the quality of your duplication project. Just keep in mind that price doesn’t always equate to quality in the duplication world, although the cheapest usually isn’t the best.

2. Review your discs. Every batch of discs will include a few faulty or unusable discs even n packs from the most reputable manufacturers. Look for scratches, cracks, spots, or blotches on the underside of every DVD-R disc; any of these physical defects will cause flaws and playback distortions.

3. Keep everything clean. Dust the outside of your DVD burner regularly and make sure to keep the area you handle and store discs clean and uncluttered free of dust, grime, or grease.

4. Research and test-drive software and hardware. When you’re starting out don’t worry about getting the top-of-the line equipment; you’ll want the most user-friendly software with a simple user interface. Also pay close attention to the customer support offered with your equipment.

5. Stay updated. No matter how expensive your equipment is, make it a priority to keep on top of all software and equipment upgrades required and available to you. Burning errors due to software bugs are not something you want to get hung up on in the middle of a job. Register each piece of new equipment to get automatic updates for your system.

6. Pay attention to compatibility. Using a Universal Disc Format (UDF) 1.02 program won’t limit the playability of your replicated discs as opposed to a UDF 1.5, which may experience playability issues on certain systems. Search your program drop-down list to select the right format.

7. Keep it simple. Avoid running other programs or software when in the middle of a burning project to maximize your system’s speed. Keep in mind that you can always slow down the burn speed to reduce the risk of errors.

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