I have a bunch of home movies I’ve just moved to DVD. I played portions of all of them and all seem to play fine. I put labels on about half of them and have not had any problems that I know of.
I placed a label on one and then it had trouble playing on my computer DVD player. (Dell’s Power DVD player; MicroSoft Media Player did an even worse job of playing it). I tried several other DVD’s with labels and they still seemed to play fine. (I didn’t check all of each one, but did a quick spot check.)
Interestingly enough, this funky one does play fine on my dedicated DVD player on top of my TV; at least, it doesn’t jam in the same spot when played on my PC. It seems good.
My PC: Dell XPS, XP Pro, 1GB Memory, plenty of storage.
1. Why would this happen? Would putting a label on a DVD+R damage it?
2. Should I not put labels on DVD’s? Is this a bad idea?
3. Is there a way (piece of s/w?) to check/verify the integrity of a DVD in a quick, automatic fashion that would reliably indicate that it will play okay? I’ve got a piece of freeware called CDCheck (http://www.elpros.si/CDCheck/
) but it was unuseful.
4. BTW: Is there quick way (piece of s/w) to measure the length of the video on a DVD?