DVD-R vs. DVD+R: What's better

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  1. John Karpiscak

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    Hi all: never mind the rest of the WWW, what do you think?

    I've got a new Phillips DVD+R recorder upstairs and a JVC combo VCR/ DVD-R professional deck in the home theater. No problem in playing finalized disks on either deck or my computers.

    Given like signal inputs, which format is better 'plus-R' or 'minus-R'? I can't tell.

    BTW: The JVC deck is great. Doing a side by side VHS to DVD-R comparison after dubbing to DVD-R, the DVD comes out looking better . . . is that possible?

    jk3

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  2. Dean_S

    Dean_S Second Unit

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    -R discs will play in almost all DVD players. +R discs are in the 85% range for standalone player compatibility. Other then that I don't know which is better, I guess that depends on what you mean by better...to me -R is better b/c I can burn a movie and play it on anything, can't do that with a +R consistently.
     
  3. John Karpiscak

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    That's all? Compatablity? Hum . . . . Good to know if I take DVDs to a friend's house
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Like everything else, DVD-R compatibility has its limits. Older players (say, more than 3 years) may have trouble. The MPAA found that out the hard way when they used DVD-R to send out Oscar screeners, and a lot of members with older machines couldn't play them.

    I have a Panasonic A310 from about 1998, and its performance with DVD-R is erratic at best, even though the DVD-Rs have been burned on a Pioneer recorder. My Sony 7000 won't even read DVD-R.

    M.
     
  5. John Whittle

    John Whittle Stunt Coordinator

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    I think the major difference between dash R and plus R as stated are compatiblity. But it gets even tricker with older equipment. I can make a DVD-R 4X that will play on everything I have, but if I do a DVD-R 8X of the same title, it won't play on a new Toshiba but will on the old Toshiba!

    In the area of RW, I only have experience with plus RW which according to the specs has a wider degree of editing than the dash RW. The Liteon recorder will do all, the Aspire only does plus R/RW and does it badly.

    So you also have recorder problems as well that leads to problems. Almost makes you wish it was as easy as Beta vs VHS.

    John
     

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