FACT: Always burn VCD's at 1x with silver surface CD-R.

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for some reason the recording speed is important in this thing. 1x is less affected by buffer underruns, and it seems that data is better burned at that speed. higher speeds may cause digital drop outs,

also writting on silver surface cd's gives better performance when playing VCDS on normal DVD PLAYERS and PC's

-- carlos moreno (carl_moreno@hotmail.com), October 10, 1999


Not always, but in your case, it probably is the case.

Here's why: The key to burning VCDs (or any CDs for that matter) is making sure that you have as few errors as possible, and that the track gaps are small enough.

What you have to find is the optimal speed for both your media AND your CD-Burner. Slower is not always better for reducing total errors on the disk. In fact, I do know that on my burner 2X is the optimal speed for the least number of errors. However, in my case 2X is not the most optimal speed to reduce the gaps between tracks. In many cases, CDs will not play properly due to excessive cruft between tracks; this is often the reason most VideoCD players have trouble figuring out where to go on the disk, especially when track boundaries are crossed.

I've found that my burner, a JVC-XR2626, for most cheap silver/blue media, 1X is the best compromise. For TDK's media (looks kind of blue-ish green and the top is covered with their decal) 2X works the best. For those of you with 4X and 8X burners, you just have to experiment to find the optimal speed and media. I do know of someone who finds that 4X is the best speed for him; he can't get anything reasonable to come out at 1X and 2X is a 50/50 proposition with most of the media he uses.

-- Jim B (jimbo987@my-deja.com), October 11, 1999.

What I discovered while UNSUCCESSFULLY trying to burn a version 1.0/1.1 VCD is that if you burn the VCD into an IMAGE file first (at least with NERO) that you can very easily burn a CDR at any speed and whether the surface is silver, green or blue. Though I do agree that you have to keep the resolution and sizes consistent to get consistent results. Make it an image file and THEN burn it at the highest speed possible and you'll have no problems. Or at least that's true for me!


-- Mostly Joking (mostlyjoking@yahoo.com), September 03, 2000.

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