RE: [Videolib] PBS -DVD-R?

Jonathan Miller (
Fri, 17 Feb 2006 10:22:00 -0500

Has anyone had problems with our discs?
We seem to get very few returns. But it's hard to know for sure what your
experiences are.

Or, to put it in a less specific way: can you make comparisons between what
some companies do well and what other companies don't and should? (besides
just saying "no more authoring"? Maybe more in terms of the WAY in which the
discs are made? To the extent one can tell.)

Maybe VRT or one of you with online web/database chops could construct a
quick online survey (zoomerang etc) to compile members experiences with
different companies, formats, types of discs, etc? It might be helpful not
only for media buyers but also for distributors.

Jonathan Miller, President
First Run/Icarus Films, Inc.
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

tel 1.718.488.8900
fax 1.718.488.8642

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Threatt, Monique
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2006 9:46 AM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] PBS -DVD-R?


Based on feedback I've received so far, this seems to be a growing
problem. You bring up some very good questions that I hope others will
join in and address.


Monique Threatt
Librarian for Media, and Communication & Culture
Herman B Wells Library, W121
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
T: (812) 855-9857
F: (812) 855-1649

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Meghann
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] PBS -DVD-R?

Hello Monique (et. al.),

I hope y'all don't mind a reply to the list, because I'm very interested
in this thread as well. With the increase in DVD-Rs coming into our
collection, we have noticed some random problems as well. Occasionally
DVD-Rs will play on some players and not others, some computers and not
others, etc. At times I'm not certain if this has to do with the DVD-R
format or the quality of the actual buring process. I've notice that a
number of even the higher-priced vendors will sell DVD-Rs without so
much as a generic menu structure. This is often frustrating given the
cost of the media -- in many cases an $80 piece of software could make
short work of this kind of thing for all titles released. Seems like a
small investment with a small amount of know-how required... But I'm
digressing. Back to the original query -- YES -- we have had problems.

It creates issues for instructors who show up for their class and then
find that their computer / player won't read the disc. (Standardizing
playback equipment across campus is out of the question and
unreasonable, in my opinion -- these are not just problems with old or
non-progressive scan machines!) But, what can as librarians do about
this? Of course glass mastering every educational video released just
isn't cost-effective and would put many distributors out of business.
Are we stuck with touchy media in this case? Or am I missing the


Meghann R. Matwichuk, M.S.
Assistant Librarian
Instructional Media Department
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-1475

Threatt, Monique L wrote:

>Recently we received three documentaries from PBS on DVD-R. Our
>cataloger first tried to watch the film on a JVC DVD playback machine.
>She noted pixilation problems, and quick stops and starts. She then
>played the doc on her computer with no problems. Our media staff also
>watched the film on a different playback machine with no problems.
>Has anyone else experienced problems with PBS's DVD-Rs, or problems
>watching a DVD-R on a JVC?
>Contact me off-line.
>Monique Threatt
>Librarian for Media, and Communication & Culture Herman B Wells
>Library, W121 Indiana University Bloomington, IN 47405
>T: (812) 855-9857
>F: (812) 855-1649
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