Dual Layer and stand alone DVD players

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by John Russell, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. John Russell

    John Russell Guest

    Have just tried authoring to DVD+R DL and neither of my stand alone DVD
    players will play them. Both players are happy with virtually all DVD+-R(W)
    I chuck at them. My PC dvd drives recognise the recordings as DVD-Video. Has
    anyone been successful playing dual layer recordings on their dvd players?
    John Russell, Oct 7, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    You can check the supported media/formats of any DVD player at:
    Tony Morgan, Oct 7, 2006
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    G Hardy Guest

    We've got seven DVD players in this place, and I make sure each DVD I send
    out works in all of them before despatch.

    DVD+OR DL works in four of them. Needless to say, I use it for my own stuff
    and archiving data - not delivery to customers.
    G Hardy, Oct 8, 2006
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    G Hardy Guest

    Sorry - I did type DVD+R DL but I missed the "ignore" button when the spiel
    chock objected.
    G Hardy, Oct 8, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    It occurred to me to mention that though not for DVD players, DVD
    Identifier is a useful utility. It identifies the type of DVD in your
    PC's drive, and also identifies all the various recording/media that
    your PC drive supports. It is a free download from here:
    Tony Morgan, Oct 8, 2006
  6. John Russell

    John Russell Guest

    So editing longer videos to multiple single layer disks is the safest
    option, from a compatibility standpoint?

    I was thinking of getting a dvd player which states recordable dual layer
    compatible, or more likely a standalone DVD recorder as a safer bet. There
    is little point if I still have to produce a multiple disk version whenever
    I want to send or take a video somewhere else!
    John Russell, Oct 8, 2006
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    G Hardy Guest

    Definitely - and cheaper per minute too.

    Most people find single-layer +R or -R to have the best compatibility.
    Rewritables and dual layer work on a handful of players. If you only plan on
    watching them on your own recorder or players that are _known_ to work with
    a particular type, then by all means use that type.

    If you have a PC with DVD burner, and only take discs to other households
    occasionally, it might be worth recording on whatever medium is best for
    you, and then transferring it to write-once, single-layer on the occasions
    that it's needed.
    G Hardy, Oct 8, 2006
  8. And, should you use Nero to burn your disks, you may already have Nero
    Info Tool. Look in your Start Menu under Nero/Tools.
    Laurence Payne, Oct 8, 2006
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    John Russell Guest

    Well I'm very tempted to get the Panasonic DMREZ25 DVD Recorder to play my
    own dual layer productions. DVD Players don't seem to have any guarantee
    about dual layer compatibility.
    John Russell, Oct 8, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    There's also the issue of cost. My DVD-R/DVD+R blanks work out at 12p
    each (I use the printable kind). It's hard to find DLs for less than £1
    Tony Morgan, Oct 8, 2006
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    emmaitch Guest

    Sorry for picking up this thread so late, but Dual-Layer prices are
    coming down at present. This for example:


    still about 6.3 times the price Tony quotes for his single layer and
    still with the compatibility issues. I have used
    ukdvdr for DVD cases as well as dual-layer FF printables where a project
    is too big to fit a single-layer DVD. but that is for my own use on a
    Panasonic standalone DVD player which takes them without problems. I
    puchased a tub of ten RiDisc and have only used a couple out of them so
    far, but when I bought about six months ago the unit price was about
    £1.40 as I recall. I suspect that prices will continue to fall with the
    advent of greater capacity discs than DVD-R9 provides, to cater for
    HD-TV, and producers trying to recoup their investment in DVD-R9
    production lines.

    Mike Hardy
    emmaitch, Nov 30, 2006
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    G Hardy Guest

    There's the problem. The easiest way to compare DVDR prices is price per
    gigabyte, and each reader will have their own threshold where the extra for
    dual layer is worth the added capacity and convenience. However, until the
    compatibility issues are sorted, that threshold is moot.

    Personally, I'd rather give a two-disc boxset than a DL DVDR. Customers
    think they are getting more value that way :eek:)

    Hehe - the Hardys are coming...
    G Hardy, Nov 30, 2006
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