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Registered: Oct 2000
Location: Los Angeles
Originally posted by Fofer
A 1x or 2x DVD burner writes to 4x media at 1x, so to obtain the highest performance from a 2x DVD burner, you should be looking for 2x media.
I've actually started to research the above a bit more, and even though Apple says differently it seems like this is now outdated information (or perhaps it's just specific to Apple 4x DVD-R media?)
I am now pretty sure if you have updated firmware in your DVD burner, and the media you buy is "1x-4x" compatible, then it will burn at the fastest speed your recorder can handle. To test this, I put the Memorex 4x DVD-R media in my 2x SuperDrive, and sure enough, Roxio Toast tells me it'll be able to burn to it at 2x speed. However, I have read in some forums that even though a recorder info screen states it'll burn 2x, it still takes 45 minutes to burn a full disk (the equivalent of 1x speed.) So I'm not 100% sure.
As an aside, I have now used 5 of these new Memorex DVD-R disks. (One with data and four with video from iDVD.) All but one worked fine. The one that didn't gave me an error at the end of the iDVD burn, which was a bummer after the many hours it takes for iDVD to actually finish! The videos played fine in my Pioneer and new Apex but not my older Apex -- but I've never had much luck with DVD-R's and that old Apex.
I'm keeping track so I can best purchase my next batch for the best compatibility. Speed isn't actually as important to me as ensuring compatibility with DVD players of friends and family. There's nothing quite as disappointing as the call you get from a friend after you've sent them a DVD you spent a lot of time on, saying that it doesn't play in their DVD player!
I checked out Meritline.com, and I have a feeling I'll get be getting 50 Ritek's from there -- they seem to get the best reviews. Interestingly enough, they end up being around the same price as the Memorex's.
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