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Creating a DVD with the Finder > Testing the DVD - Pg. 308

Putting Your Projects on DVD 4. 308 In the resulting dialog, click Burn. You'll see a progress bar that tells you how the process is proceeding. The process will work through several stages including preparing the data, writing to the disc, and verifying the disc. Fortunately, you can use your Mac for other tasks while it is burning a DVD because the Finder will continue to burn even when it is in the background. Depending on your Mac's speed, what else you are doing on the machine, and how much data is going on the disc, the process can take from several minutes to an hour or more. TIP Activities that require heavy access to your Mac's drives, such as graphics or video work, can cause slight pauses in the DVD burning process. Sometimes, these pauses can lead to problems, and the disc might not complete the burning process or might not work properly even if it does complete it. Because DVD media is relatively expensive, you probably don't want to trash many discs. For the best chance at creating a "good" DVD, don't burn the DVD until you don't need your Mac for anything else. Then quit all running applications before you click the Burn button so that the Finder has all your Mac's resources available to it. Testing the DVD After the burn process is complete, eject the DVD. Then reinsert it and open its files and folders to make sure that it works as you planned. For example, open QuickTime movies and play them. Try to move about a Web site on the disc. Open image files. Check the disc's organization. If something is wrong, you will need to try again (unfortunately, DVD media isn't yet cheap so you should check your DVD as much as possible before you burn it). For example, if a movie plays poorly, it might be that the image size is too large or the frame rate is too high to play back from a DVD-ROM drive (try dragging it to your hard drive and playing it from there). In such a case, you