I finally got a complete burn on a dl disc...by switching to a different brand (and using dvd-r dl, which is the type I originally wanted for my project, but was not available at the CC I was at, at the time). I picked up a jvc brand dvd-r dl at Fry's for a single pack @ $4, and it was utterly troublefree! (Although I mentioned tdk, in my previous post, I should have typed jvc- my mistake) I got to give props to the jvc brand, they have been my go-to for my regular dvd-r supply, and have never given me problems (I have no idea how they do on burn quality or longevity, though). The trend continues as I try out dvd-r dl. Beyond that, they had every other imaginable dvd style media on the shelf, if I wanted it (except dvd-ram, but Panasonic brand seems quite available in my area, so it's no big deal)). Pricing is pretty much down the middle- not sky high premium and not bargain floor (to suggest I am buying the worst quality media). So it seems to jive with my "dvd-sense" as a reasonable choice in media.
Anyways, I have to reveal that the media I originally bought that gave me problems was Memorex. Yeah, I know- no one trusts that brand, and I was foolhardy to even try it and except a good result. It was either that or a strange brand I had never even heard of, so I took it on as an experiment. I figure for $7/disc, even Memorex has got to be able to offer a decent disc media. CC graciously processed a full refund, so I dodged the cost penalty for my little experiment.
I was very curious how the ez17 would handle the disc layer transition, and it turned out to be an utter non-issue.
I was watching it right around the time, and there was no indication whatsoever that a layer change occurred other than the time indicator rolling over back to 0:00. No layer finalization screen, no hiccup. Upon playback, maybe it lost a split second of material? It was really not noticeable, unless a very specific moment you are looking for happens to occur right at that transition. So I was pleased with that result. A program that crosses a layer change will be split into 2 separate titles, of course.
After finalization, I wanted to try it in a few different machines to see how the compatibility goes for a dvd-r dl. The answer, surprisingly, seems to be hit'n'miss. I had thought the dvd-r'ness of the disc should make for optimal compatibility, but it might as well be just another disc style, altogether. My older Toshiba hdd/dvd recorder would not even mount the disc, while my ps3 was able to read the entire disc just like as if it was a regular dvd-r. I didn't get a chance to test it on any of my computers.
The ez17 pq wasn't as good as I thought it would be for 6.5 hrs on a dl disc, though. I wasn't expecting it to be great, but it did seem to break up into macroblocks more readily than my original capture at 2.8 Mb/s. This wasn't particularly demanding material, either. It was considerably gimped movie content from SpikeTV over dig satellite.
So that's my wrap-up for my dvd-r dl adventure!