DVD-R or DVD+R for Video Recordings for Consumer DVD Players?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Will, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Will

    Will Guest

    Should we use DVD-R or DVD+R for making video DVDs that will play in
    consumer DVD players (i.e., NOT in a computer)? I read somewhere that
    DVD-R does not directly support the CSS encryption keys, but I guess that
    only becomes an issue for commercial DVD recordings?
     
    Will, Jun 24, 2008
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  2. I've found greater compatibility with DVD-R than DVD+R. In particular,
    Maxells seem to play in every player I've tried so far.


    jaybee
     
    Jacques E. Bouchard, Jun 24, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    I have used nothing but -R since 1974 and the only time I ever get a
    complaint is when some dork is trying to play our disc in a computer.
    Even at that it is always an isolated incident because our discs do
    play in MOST comuters and stand alone DVD players.
    --
    Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    www.imagesinmotion.com
     
    Bob Ford, Jun 24, 2008
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    Andy Guest

    I read somewhere that DVD -R are compatible with over 96% of consumer DVD
    players.
    I always use -R and have never had any problems.
     
    Andy, Jun 24, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    Like the others, I've used DVD-Rs for several years without any problems.
    Stick to good name brand media like Taiyo-Yuden or Verbatim and you'll
    be fine.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Jun 24, 2008
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    blackburst Guest

    Absolutely DVD-R.

    I used to work at a college TV station, and this came up all the time.
    Now I run a small broadcast station, and we still make lots of copies
    for various reasons.

    +R is all well and good, but you can't predict if they'll play
    properly. As another poster noted, -R seems to work on virtually every
    DVD player, and nowadays on most computers, too.
     
    blackburst, Jun 24, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    Ooops, I must have been asleep. I meant to say 2004.

    I use Taiyo Yuden, 16x and I burn them at 4x.
    My personal preference is the silver surface, ink jet printable.
    I think it makes a classier looking disc and label.
     
    Bob Ford, Jun 24, 2008
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    mkujbida Guest


    Bob, give the Taiyo Yuden Watershield DVDs a try.
    I haven't tried them yet (they are ordered though) but, in
    conversations with several users, they love the print quality of these
    discs.

    Mike
     
    mkujbida, Jun 24, 2008
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  9. www.videohelp.com features the most extensive list of DVD players
    and compatibility on the www that I know of. If anyone knows a better
    source, please let us know.

    According to their epic DVD list, there is no significant difference
    between the support of DVD+R vs. DVD-R discs. To wit...
    http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers

    DVD-R Supported=4533 (94%); Not supported=300; Tested=4833; Not
    tested=4362
    DVD+R Supported=4000 (91%); Not supported=402; Tested=4402; Not Tested=4793

    I've been using T-Y DVD+R for years and I haven't had a problem
    in many years (and hundreds of discs distributed).
     
    Richard Crowley, Jun 24, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    Thanks for the tip Mike.
    My printer is a Signature Pro from Primo and I'm thinking they say not
    to use the Watershield DVDs but I will check this with them.
     
    Bob Ford, Jun 25, 2008
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    blackburst Guest

    I can't speak for formal testing; I am basing it on my own experience.
    At the college, we made numerous copies for numerous purposes. Some of
    the DVD players and computers were recent, some were older. +R proved
    to be unpredictable; -R proved to be comparatively consistent.
     
    blackburst, Jun 25, 2008
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