Help understanding DVD -R, DVD +R, DVD -RW, DVD+RW formats

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by JP, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. JP

    JP Guest

    Can someone point me in the right direction for information on the
    different DVD formats. I will be buying a new computer, the one I am
    looking at has a DVD +R, DVD +RW drive (But no support for DVD -R, DVD
    -RW). I want to use the DVD burner for data back-up, and specifically
    back-up of my DV tapes. In the future I may want to make DVDs of my
    DV footage, so I want a drive that will work down the road. I am not
    sure what I may be giving up without the -R, -RW support.

    Help appretiated.

    JCPZero
     
    JP, Aug 8, 2003
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    bob Guest

    (JP) wrote in
    DVD-RAM is a format designed for data, that also works for video. All the
    other formats are designed for video, and also work for audio. Other than
    that, the +/- is sort of like VHS/Beta, except that the issue seems to
    have resolved itself by the manufacturers adopting them both. -RAM has
    robust error correction built in. The others don't.

    Bob
     
    bob, Aug 8, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest


    http://verbatim.com/products/images/dvd-rtechnologyupdate.pdf
    + seems to have aslight edge for data, - for video


    -WD
     
    Will Dormann, Aug 8, 2003
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    Jan Alter Guest

    Both the + and - formats seem to give equal performance, but little things
    will hound you if you only get a burner with capability of doing only one of
    them. Such as, Apple machines will only play the minus format, or maybe your
    buddy's DVD player only reads the + format. The cost of getting a burner
    that does both is minimal to the inconvenience you will have if you limit
    yourself to one or the other.
    I've already found that out by buying a burner that only does +, and
    now I'm in the market to get one that does both so I won't be more sad than
    I am now.

    That will be $5 please.
     
    Jan Alter, Aug 8, 2003
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    AnthonyR Guest

    +RW works well for backups especially using Ghost. I use it all the time
    with +RW.
    When you make a DVD for your DVD player it will be in DVD-Video format so it
    won't matter, it will play in all machines that play DVD-Video.
    The only problem might be in older machines that can't read some types of
    recordable disks in general. But with new DVD Players costing as low as $50
    that play everything you won't have any problems.


    AnthonyR
     
    AnthonyR, Aug 9, 2003
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    Jerry Jones Guest

    The only big downside of the "+" format drive is that if you choose
    it, you'll not have compatibility with the discs produced by
    player/recorders and camcorders built on the DVD-RAM standard.

    There is a significant number of these DVD-RAM camcorders and
    player/recorders on the market:

    1. Toshiba:

    http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvd/product.asp?model=RD-X2

    2. Samsung:

    http://www.samsung.com/Products/DVDPlayer/DVDRecorder/DVDPlayer_DVDRecorder_DVD_R3000.htm

    3. And - a new entry on the way - from JVC called the DR-M1:

    http://www.1-877camcorder.com/drm1.html

    4. Panasonic VDR-M30:

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webap...oupId=11299&modelNo=VDR-M30&surfModel=VDR-M30

    5. Hitachi's pro CRD10:

    http://www.hdal.com/products/products.ihtml?step=3&pid=1066&parent=51

    6. Hitachi's consumer DZMV380A:

    http://www.hitachi.com/tv/browse/camcorders/dvd/dvd_index.shtml

    If you can live without support for the DVD-RAM, then the "+" format
    drive will be fine.

    Jerry Jones
    http://www.jonesgroup.net
     
    Jerry Jones, Aug 11, 2003
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    AnthonyR Guest

    I would think that is something for people with dvd-ram disks to worry
    about.

    AnthonyR
     
    AnthonyR, Aug 11, 2003
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    David Winter Guest

    Check out backgroun in www.dvdrhelp.com and www.vcdhelp.com

    Good starting places. I'm sure there's heaps of other places.

    DVD+RW is ideal for data backup, no finalisation.
    DVD-R can be used in multi-session mode to build up data progressively, but
    the problem is AIUI, the disk needs finalising before it can be read in a
    DVD-ROM drive. If you've had a crash, you need access to the data.

    DVD-R best value media - seems at least as compatible, anecdotally much more
    compatible, than +R or +RW.

    Others??


    David Winter
    Armadale
    Western Australia

    : Can someone point me in the right direction for information on the
    : different DVD formats. I will be buying a new computer, the one I am
    : looking at has a DVD +R, DVD +RW drive (But no support for DVD -R, DVD
    : -RW). I want to use the DVD burner for data back-up, and specifically
    : back-up of my DV tapes. In the future I may want to make DVDs of my
    : DV footage, so I want a drive that will work down the road. I am not
    : sure what I may be giving up without the -R, -RW support.
    :
    : Help appretiated.
    :
    : JCPZero
     
    David Winter, Aug 14, 2003
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