Monday, July 07, 2008

How Many DVD+R DL Burns Does It Take...

...to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

42.

Seriously, I had a bone to pick with some DVD+R DL burns I had kicking around. See, the media was good, they verified perfectly, but for some damn reason my LG DVD+R/W/RAM drive (the very same that burned them) got very... uppity, while I tried to watch the chapter in which the layer break happens. The disc only paused once or twice, as was expected, but the drive itself went insane, blowing hot air like a jet engine as it tried to decode the layer change seamlessly and effectively fell flat on its' ass, only the tray of delicious data cake unharmed in the process. It's all well and good, I guess, but why is it struggling to read a disc it wrote to the day before in the first place?

So I tried something crazy: telling the DVD+R DL to lie like a cheap rug.

There's something called "Book Type" on some burnable media. It's a couple 0's and 1's that tell the drive wither the disc is a DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R/+R, DVD-RW/-RW, or a DVD+R DL/-R DL (the last of which isn't even spec, but let's not get into that). Drives will try to handle different media different ways when given the chance, but why would they need to? The clever schmucks who built the awesome freeware ImgBurn software asked themselves the same question, and allow users to manually change the bitsetting on DVD+R and DVD+R DL media to DVD-ROM, should the way the discs burn give them any guff. This becomes especially important for DL discs, because some drives don't even know how to recognize a dual-layer burned disc, but if the Book Type is set for DVD-ROM, it'll read it like a pressed disc instead. Genius!

So I recently re-burned a fansub of the gorgeous full bitrate DTS toting Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust DVD, having wasted countless Sony disks prior* trying to get a working copy going. So using the same methods I'd used prior to burn the disc, I changed the book type. Like magic, it plays in PowerDVD without a hitch, and only minimal issues in Media Player Classic using DScaler as an MPEG decoder. Similarly, no stuttering bullshit on a stand alone player, which was an issue with a disc that claimed to have verified just fine, though the stand alone still took forever to load and made a big loud "Grah!" sound before it started the disc. Pissy little bitch.

*Sony discs are just re-badged Ritek media. Never, ever use Ritek for anything. Seriously. Stick with Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden. Nothing else is worth the money for DVD+R DL.

So, with the compatability issues finally ironed out I'm going to do my damndest to afford dual layer media from now on for those "special" projects where doing a multi-disc release for a single film is simply out of the question. That said, the cost of dual-layer blanks is still dramatically higher than single-layer, so it'll likely be a while before I give up the ghost and burn DVD-9 data as a pair of cheap DVD-R which I can later reassemble on a HDD and play as-is. But then, I've always been a cheap bastard.

Expect more bullshit from me in the coming week. The hammer done come down, and y'all know what I'm talking about.

Also, so this seemingly minor flash in the pan post isn't totally without some merit:

What in the HELL do we have here? I can't say I don't like it, but seriously, is that Amano or Wolverine? In short, awesome. I also love that it brags specifically about how many cells (3,000) went into the creation of the "new erotic scene", and that it goes so far as to call the Inferno Road movie a "Prolog" to Urotsukidoji: Kanketsu Hen. And we all know how that turned out.

A shame The Final Chapter didn't get a similarly awesome psuedo-live action looking painted poster.