Guide to Buying Blank DVD R Media
In this section our focus is to teach you the following:
- Educate you on
what the difference between DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW,
DVD+RW, DVD-RAM and other formats.
- How to find out
what the firmware of your burner is and benefits of upgrading
- Educate you on
what is the "MEDIA ID" for the blank media you have purchased.
- What are the
different surface types: Matte Finish, Silver Matte, Shiny
Silver, Inkjet Printable, Thermal Printable, Hub Printable, and
no stack ring.
- What does the DVD
Media speeds mean? 4X, 8X, Dual Layer, etc.
- How much can I
store in the media that I buy?
- Which DVD-R Media
is best for copying and burning DVD movies?
- Which is the best
DVD-R Media to buy?
between DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM and other
A write-once, recordable format. DVD-R drives can write DVD-R
discs, which can be written only once, as opposed to a DVD-RW
drive, which can write and rewrite to RW media. The authoring
use drive (635nm laser) was introduced in 1998 by Pioneer, and
the general use format (650nm laser) was authorized in 2000.
DVD-R offers a write-once, read-many storage format akin to CD-R
and is used to master DVD-Video and DVD-ROM discs.
DVD ReWritable. A rewritable DVD format that is similar to
DVD+RW, but its capability to work as a random access device is
not as good as +RW. It has a read-write capacity of 4.7 GB.
DVD+R Media definition:
Short for DVD+Recordable, a recordable DVD format similar to
CD-R. A DVD+R can only record data once and then the data
becomes permanent on the disc. The disc can not be recorded onto
a second time. DVD+R and DVD+RW formats are supported by
Philips, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ricoh, Yamaha and others.
DVD+RW Media definition:
The DVD plus RW Alliance is a group of companies, including
Philips and Sony proposing a standard of recordable and
DVD+R DUAL/DOUBLE DL LAYER Media definition:
Double Layer DVD+R media has an amazing 8.5GB of storage
capacity. This incredible capacity is enough for up to 4 hours
of DVD quality video, 16 hours of VHS quality video or over 120
hours of MP3 audio. Compatible with all current DVD video
players and DVD-ROM drives as well as new DVD+R DL drives, the
disc is ideal for virtually any business or household
Dual-layer DVD-R media offers genuine advantage over the current
single layer 4.7GB DVD. The new dual-layer recordable DVD-R disc
allows users to read, write or view almost twice the amount of
data that is currently possible with the single layer and the
advanced technology means that material can be read or recorded
on one layer without affecting the other. No need to flip sides
or change discs.
DVD Random Access Memory. A rewritable DVD disc endorsed by
Panasonic, Hitachi and Toshiba. It is a cartridge-based, and
more recently, bare disc technology for data recording and
playback. DVD-RAM bare discs are fragile and do not guarantee
data integrity. The first DVD-RAM drives had a capacity of 2.6GB
(single sided) or 5.2GB (double sided). DVD-RAM Version 2 discs
have double-sided 9.4GB discs. DVD-RAM drives typically read
DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and CD media. The current installed base of
DVD-ROM drives and DVD-Video players cannot read DVD-RAM media.
2. How to find out what the
firmware of your burner is? and benefits of upgrading your
What is firmware?
is the programming instructions contained on a ROM chip within
the DVD recorder which tell the recorder how to respond to
commands issued by software. Some firmware is
flash-upgradeable, meaning that you can upgrade the firmware
by running a piece of software on the computer attached to the
recorder. Other firmware is coded into non-rewriteable chip,
so the entire chip must be changed in order to upgrade the
firmware. Many compatibility issues with different DVD
Media can be solved by upgrading your firmware to the latest
Before purchasing DVD Media for your burner, find out the firmware
version of your burner, use the program
DVD Identifier to find out
the the following information: (Download
It FREE HERE)
Here is a list of sites to
download the most popular firmware updates for the most popular
|3. Educate you on what is the
"media id" for the media you have purchased
You can get the Media Code of your Blank DVD Media by using the
DVD Identifier . The
advantages of finding out the Media ID is when you find a good
brand and blank DVD media for your burner, you can stick with the
same DVD media knowing that the Media ID is the same. As long as
the Media ID is the same , there will never be any problems
|4. What are the different
surface types: Matte Finish, Silver Matte, Shiny Silver, Inkjet
Printable, Thermal Printable, Hub Printable, and no stack ring
Dull finish on coated surface, which lacks gloss or luster. No
Same as Matte Finish - Dull finish on coated surface, which
lacks gloss or luster. No fingerprints.
Surface is of a reflective, lustrous white, ductile, malleable
Surface is capable of being printed on using inkjet printers
that have the capability to load CD/DVD's.
Surface is capable of being printed using high end Printing
Hardware where dots are selectively heated and cooled and
impressed on a heat sensitive surface
That means you can print all the way to the center hub of the
disc and personalize your CD/DVD in a more stylish and unique
No Stack Ring:
Always in conjunction with Hub Printable - No stack ring means
that the center of the CD/DVD ring is not present, which means
you can print all the way to the center. The stacking ring
refers to the small ridge around the inner plastic center ring
on the disc. Its purpose is to keep the discs slightly separated
when stacked on a spindle. If you look at a standard disc, you
will see the stacking ring. When a disc is to be hub printable,
there is no stacking ring so that the printable surface can be
applied all the way to the center hub. Also, for discs that are
to be thermal printed, there is an advantage to not having a
stacking ring. The stacking ring sticks up and interferes with
the thermal printer head. A thermal printer cannot print any
closer than 1/4" or so from the stacking ring. When there is no
stacking ring there is no restriction on the thermal printing
|5. What does the DVD Media
speeds mean? 4X, 8X, Dual Layer, etc.
This is the speed in which the DVD Media can burn up to.
For example 8X media, means it can burn at speeds of 1X, 2X, 4X,
to 8X. Dual Layer media are media that can store up to 8.5GB of
Data (called DVD9 format), doubling the size of regular DVD5
|6. How much can I store in
the media that I buy?
Table: Comparison of Storage Media
Blu-Ray Single Layer
Blu-Ray Dual Layer
Learn more about Blu-Ray
Which DVD-R Media is best for copying and burning DVD movies?
We recommend using the DVD -R
media when recording movies since some DVD players on the market do
not not read DVD +R or DVD/RW media.
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