DVD -R Blank Media Question?

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Old 04-29-08, 05:27 PM
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DVD -R Blank Media Question?

Does "Brand Name" matter when buying blank DVD -R disks?

I'm planning on converting my entire home video library from Hi8-Tape and DV-Tape to DVD's.

There's such a huge price difference in DVD -R media; I'm wondering why?
Does More $$$$$ = Better Picture Quality?

Thanks,
Phil
 
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Old 04-29-08, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Philossifer View Post
Does "Brand Name" matter when buying blank DVD -R disks?

I'm planning on converting my entire home video library from Hi8-Tape and DV-Tape to DVD's.

There's such a huge price difference in DVD -R media; I'm wondering why?
Does More $$$$$ = Better Picture Quality?

Thanks,
Phil
Most disks will copy--find one your machine likes & stick w/ it--
When you buy your next lot--make sure they are made in the same country.
Verbatim is one of the best--in most cases the best disks are
made in Japan & Taiwan.

If you buy cheap off brand disks--you had better play them all
the way thru. They have a habit of going bad anywhere on the disk.
Have fun......................
PS: watch for sales--they will save you a lot of money.
 

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I use Verbatim as well.

By the way, check the amount of space you can copy onto the disc. Some DVD-Rs only allow 2G compared to some with 4G of space.
 
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I've never seen one that had less than 4.7g space. Got a brand name to back that up with?
 
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Agree with oneofamil

I have never seen any DVD-r/+r media less than 4.7 GB just as cd-r/+r media is at least 650MB

In any event what I would do is buy a hard drive and copy all the dv to it. It will take alot less time than pressing disc after disc and then you can use a media connector to connect to the TV. CD/DVD technology is slowly dying.

If you are set on using disc's then go with a name brand (verbatim, memorex, etc.) and pay the few dollars more. The media will be more reliable and you will make less coasters.

Buying a 100pack for 15 bucks on sale might seem like a value until your trash can is filled with bad burn attempts.
 
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One more point: Most people say it doesn't matter but I have found ( after burning approx. 3000 DVD's ) if you burn at 1/2 the rated speed you get a better copy (16X burn @ 8X ) This gives el-cheapo disks a better chance to make a better copy. I have not had good luck w/ disks made in China.......................
 
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I believe the 2 gb are mini discs for dvd camcorders.

I have an early Panasonic DVD / harddrive recorder. I've used Imation, Maxell, Sony, Memorex. All ok. I bought some Office Depot brand. It won't recognize them. I can use them in my PC, but not the stand alone DVD recorder. You can get the name brands for about 30 cents each at warehouse clubs (Costco, Sams, etc), 50 or 100 at a time.
 
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