Help trying to understand what goes with what?

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by joelEM, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. joelEM

    joelEM Auditioning

    Feb 3, 2005
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    Here is the current situation:

    1) My Dell laptop writes DVD+RW and DVD+R

    2) I am looking for a DVD recorder that fits into a spot that is only 2 7/8 inches wide.

    3) I have found two that fit but both record in DVD- and both say they play only DVD-, though on some forum users say that one also plays dvd+. The manufactuer (Pioneer) says it plays only dvd-.

    4) I plan on getting a digital Camcorder soon.

    5) I assume that I'll use my laptop (my desktop has a dvd player but not a recorder) to edit the camcorder and write to a DVD to show on my TV. But if the computer only writes in DVD+ and the recorder that fits only plays in DVD-, aren't I in trouble?

    All these =s and -s are driving me crazy.... If my computer writes +, then don't I need a player that plays +? And if the DVD recorder writes -, then will I be able to play it on my computer??

    Thanks..... Or shall I go back to hanging scribbled pictures on the door of the fridge??

  2. Ed Moxley

    Ed Moxley Cinematographer

    May 25, 2003
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    2 7/8 inches wide? You don't mean 2 7/8 inches tall? My step-father got a Gateway recorder that will fit in that space (I think), if you do mean tall. Check their site. It records +R discs, but plays back both.

    If I were you, I'd replace the burner in the Dell, with a dual format burner. Then you can burn whichever format you want. You can get them for less than $100 now. Even a Double Layer burner, that does both formats, are under $100. Then you can put a video capture card in, for capturing the video from camcorder.
    The stand-alone burners can only record stereo. The pc burners can backup your dvds in 5.1/6.1 surround. I much prefer the pc burners.................. [​IMG]
    Good luck!

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