I just registered to this site here lately, looks like lots of great info on here (most way over my head). I am hoping someone can help me out. This turned out to be a bit long, sorry.
Anyway, I bought the program DVD Cloner V after seeing several good reviews on the product. Sounded simple to use, so I got it from Herman Street for a good price. Reading on here about DVD Decryptor and Shrink makes me wish I woudl have tried that first. I just worry about the quality after shrinking from DL to SL.
I was particularly interested in the DVD_9 to dual disc DVD_5 copy mode on ClonerV, as I really like to keep the video quality as high as possible. It seems that if I use the DVD_9 to DVD_5 copy (1 disc) the video really suffers (IMO, 50" plasma to show it all).
My problem is that many of my two disc backups are flawed (second disc only). The first disc will play flawlessly, then when I swap to the second disc, I get a few chapters in (never the same chapter from movie to movie) and if I watch carefully the first thing that happens is the elapsed time on the player just locks up. The movie will keep playing for some time (a minute or less) and then the Sony DVD will freeze, then back up and play a few more seconds, then freeze again, move ahead 2 seconds, play a few more seconds, freeze, and so on and so on. Basically rendering the 2nd disc unwatchable. BUT, some movies DO work fine. Just can't trust it. Using Verbatim DVD-R discs.
I did just upgrade my firmware on the Samsung TS-563B from D200 to D300 via the Dell website (brand of my PC obv.). Don't know if that will fix it, but I thought it was the first step anyway. I also had ClonerV set to burn at max speed, (which is default), so maybe that was a problem? I think the burner is 16x and the discs say 16x, but ????
Any help or ideas would be much appreciated.