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.

    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
    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
    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 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

    mkujbida, Jun 24, 2008
  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...

    DVD-R Supported=4533 (94%); Not supported=300; Tested=4833; Not
    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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