BD, DVD disk selection

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Richard Crowley, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. I received this question in email, but it is appropriate to discuss
    it here in the newsgroup.
    As for -R vs. +R, says (from 1st hand user
    reports) that 4634 players of 4935 tested (93.9%) will play DVD-R
    vs. 4096 of 4495 tested (91.1%) will play DVD+R.

    I don't think this shows a significant advantage of one or the other.
    I have probably distributed >700 DVD+R since I switched to T-Y
    and I can't remember that any of them have come back with any
    problem. The quality of the disk (T-Y vs. others) appears to be a
    much more significant issue than -R vs. +R. At least IMHO.

    As for speed, I am using 8x but my computers seem to burn at
    about half that speed (using There is no
    advantage (and probably a significant disadvantage in image
    quality) by using faster disks unless you are actually burning
    them at that speed.

    As for printing surface, that is a cosmetic issue (and maybe a
    compatibility issue depending on printer?) that you will have to
    decide for yourself based on your circumstances. I have not
    yet tried the water shield discs, mostly because I'm too cheap.

    As for BD vs DVD, that is a matter of what your program is
    and who your audience is. If you want to distribute wide-
    screen HD with maximum screen resolution, then BD is certainly
    superior. But your audience may have a very low percentage
    of BD playing capability? Only you can make that decision. Of
    course BD players will play DVD and lots of content doesn't
    warrant wide-screen or HD.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 13, 2009
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  2. Just to add a bit...
    Depending on the Blu-ray player used and editing software used, it is
    possible to use either CBR 17 Mbps AVCHD camcorder files or HDV
    transcoded to this format, and to record these files (or even to author
    them) to standard red-laser blanks - and to write the disks using standard
    red-laser writers, and to play the resulting disks in 1080x1920 HD in
    very high quality. The only real "hitches" are that standard disks will not
    hold a full hour of material, and if transcoded, the HDV will take a long
    time to do this, and (depending on the codec quality used for transcoding),
    there may be visual losses ranging from VERY subtle to "egregious".
    David Ruether, Dec 13, 2009
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