Double Layer DVD+R (expensive)

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Rodney Martin, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. Rodney Martin

    Rodney Martin Stunt Coordinator

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    I've just recently started to see this media being advertised. From first impressions these look very expensive, around $10 a disc on most sites. I can't understand the high cost of these discs from a production point of view, surely it can't cost that much more to produce these? The only explanation, i can think of for the high price is initial pressure by the studios to keep prices high in an effort to put pirates off using these. For my purposes, i want to use these as backup and for home videos, but at the moment even if I had a capable DVD writer, I don't feel I could justify the extra cost per disc.

    DVD-R has always had higher compatibility, so i'm wondering wether to wait until the planned dual layer DVD-R discs appear. Does anyone think there will be any problems with compatibility with double layer DVD+R?
     
  2. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    A problem I've heard with dual-layer recordable discs is that each layer must contain the same amount of data. That is, if the recording uses a total of 6G, it must be split so that each layer contains 3G. I don't know why this is, nor do I know how the total is determined in advance.
     
  3. CraigL

    CraigL Screenwriter

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    I just got my dual-layer DVD burner last night but I obviously haven't had a chance to mess around with it. I don't know specifics about it but I haven't heard anything about you having to have equal amount of data on each layer.

    i do know that you can't choose where the layer change is right now which sucks. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chris

    Chris Lead Actor

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    Each layer is 4.2G, for a total of 8.4G of useful storage.

    Right now, media is high for a lot of different reasons, part of them being fear of the MPAA. For a brief while, wholesalers got "samples" very cheap; about tripple the cost of 8X DVDR, about $3.50/disc. But at this point, even in the wholesale channel, they are at least $8.50 or so/ea.
     
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    Holadem Lead Actor

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    I am not worried, prices will come crashing down as they always have with most media...

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