File size limitation on DVD-R?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Kovie, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. Kovie

    Kovie Guest

    I've been transferring old Hi8 tapes to DV format, breaking them into 21
    minute (~4.3GB) segments in order to be able to archive them to single-layer
    DVD-Rs. However, when I tried to burn one of these segments to DVD-R, the
    file on the burned DVD-R was unplayable, and showed up as 135MB in Windows
    Explorer. This happened twice, with the same burner but two different brands
    of DVD-R blank. Is there a file size limitation to DVD-R, am I using the
    wrong file system on the DVD-R, or is there something else I'm not doing
    right that is making this happen?

    Note that I'm using an old version of Nero Express, Do I need to
    upgrade? Also, my system is running XP Pro SP2 and is otherwise running ok.
    Kovie, Mar 19, 2005
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  2. Kovie

    Kovie Guest

    I did some online research and it appears that normally Nero records using
    the ISO/9660 file system, which limits individual files to 2GB in size. The
    only way around this is to either split my existing >2GB files into <2GB
    segments, or burn using the UDF file system. I could split the files that
    I'm working with DV files, but I'd rather avoid this as it would mean a lot
    of editing. But I can't figure out how to record using the UDF file system
    with Nero Express

    Any suggestions, and is my basic understanding of this issue correct?
    Kovie, Mar 19, 2005
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  3. Kovie

    Kovie Guest

    OK, more wrinkles. Nero Express does not allow UDF recording, so I have to
    either upgrade to the full version, buy a different burning app, or split my
    DVs into <2GB segments.

    Any other suggestions, or am I doing pretty well on my own... ;-)
    Kovie, Mar 19, 2005
  4. Use the DVD Data Disc preset. You are not making a DVD Video Disc. This
    could have some bearing on your outcome.
    Digital Video Solutions, Mar 19, 2005
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