blank dvd-r(w) recommendations

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  1. Kevin T

    Kevin T Screenwriter

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    i recently bought a dvd burner and now my dad wants me to use my computer to transfer a bunch of home movies to dvd for the family. i don't have a problem doing this other than i'll have to find the time and energy to do so. my only concern is compatibility of the dvd with his player. he has an older sony model and my grandparents have a fairly old pioneer. what blanks are people using out there that appear to work well across the board? i've heard tdk and memorex brands are the best as far as compatibility goes. anybody else have any suggestions? thanks.

    kevin t
     
  2. Kelvin Tucker

    Kelvin Tucker Stunt Coordinator

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    Try looking here --> Dvdrhelp.Com for player compatability. They also have LOTS of comments on DVD media, but I've found that Verbatim (on sale of course) works just fine for my old Sony/Panasonic's.

    KT
     
  3. Thomas J. Coyle III

    Thomas J. Coyle III Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi Kevin T,

    We have a Sony 530 8X DVD burner and have successfully used Memorex 4X -R media with no problems. We have been buying the DVD blanks for $1.00 each in batches of 50.
    Regards,
    TCIII
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    ...and see here is the perfect example why you
    should read up on player compatability.

    In the above post Thomas recommends Memorex. It
    works fine for his burner, and that's great!

    But on my Sony 530 burner, Memorex is a horror story.
    I get nothing but problems with those discs.

    That's the dark side of these burners that don't
    often get talked about -- there are compatability
    issues where some brands of media won't necessarily
    work on all players.

    You'll need to fool around and try different brands
    to see which works best for you.

    I use Imation, and have no problems.
     
  5. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    Anything using Ritek dye is usually pretty good.
     
  6. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    Does anyone know if Apple branded DVD-R media does? Or alternately if Ritek 4x DVD-Rs work well with Pioneer 105 DVD-RW drives (aka Apple Superdrives?)

    I want to be sure before I buy a whole Ritek spindle. I've only used Apple media so far and it works great.

    Thanks,
    Ted
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    Based on heavy recommendations from the
    membership I am about to buy my first spindle
    of RITEK DVD-R discs.

    New Egg has them on sale for $45 for a 50-pack.
     
  8. Max Leung

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    I was about to buy a 15 pack "mini-spindle" of TDK 4x DVD+R discs (at Costco), but I was deterred by the warning on the label: Using these discs at maximum recording speed on a 2.4x burner may result in loss of data!

    I have a Sony 500 burner - I forget the model number, but it was the first burner that supports DVD+R/-R/+RW/-RW discs.
     
  9. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Max, would that only be true for a DVD-RAM in a PC?

    I have a Panasonic recorder, and it doesn't mention any speeds anywhere, and the DVD-R's I have don't mention any 'X' speed either.

    As for unknown brands, I think it would be better to just buy a single disk, and if that works, go for the 50 pack, or whatever.

    Glenn
     
  10. Max Leung

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    As far as I know, the label made no mention of DVD-RAM. I believe a lot depends on the chemical formulation used in the higher-speed recordables. I'd guess that the faster writing DVD-Rs and CD-Rs have more sensitive chemistries, and if you burn them too slow, they will in fact "burn away" faster.
     
  11. Rob Gillespie

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    Max, I don't mean to sound rude but where on earth did you hear that about 'burning away' faster?
     
  12. Max Leung

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  13. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    [​IMG]

    Yet another compatibility problem for recordable DVD.

    The higher speed discs ARE more expensive though so I suppose it wouldn't make much sense to buy them unless you had a unit capable of using them properly. I just hope the current x2 and x4 media doesn't go extinct.

    That said, I'll be getting one of those new dual-layer burners when they appear [​IMG]
     
  14. Ronald Epstein

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    Question....

    Ordered a 50-pack of Ritek DVD-R discs
    from NEWEGG.COM for $45.

    Just received the discs, but the outer red
    wrapping says Ridata. Did I get the
    right discs?
     
  15. Rob Gillespie

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    Ridata are made by Ritek, Ron. I think there's three or four brand names that all come under the same company. Traxdata is another.

    The important thing is that the discs use the Ritek dye.
     
  16. Rob Gillespie

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    Ron,

    Please post your results burning those discs.

    Regards,
    -Gary
     
  18. Max Leung

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    Thanks Rob! Grrrr...crazy RW formats.

    Ron, your discs are supposed to be Ritek. However, to be absolutely sure, you can grab this program to check the media code on DVD+-R/RW discs:

    http://www.dvdinfopro.com/

    It's a free download. It only works on DVD-writers. You can compare the reported media code with those listed on http://www.dvdrhelp.com .

    I just checked my 15 pack of TDK DVD-Rs, and thankfully they are genuine TDK discs and not the Ritek ones (reports on dvdrhelp.com commented on how some batches of ritek discs are unreliable - although I'm sure that's not an issue now - paranoid me hehe).

    Yep, DVD recordable manufacturers sometimes outsource to other companies. [​IMG]
     
  19. Glenn Overholt

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    Max, I just got a 15-pack of TDK disks, and I pulled out 16 in the pack. Has anybody gotten extras before?

    Glenn
     
  20. Max Leung

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    Nope, no extras! For a moment I thought I had 20, but then the bottom of the pack is padded by a bunch of clear plastic discs. [​IMG]
     

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