Why do DVD players do this?

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  1. Dan Whalen

    Dan Whalen Stunt Coordinator

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    I was looking through my instruction guide for my DVD player last night and I noticed something weird. Why is it that you put a regular one sided CD or DVD in with the play side down, but a two sided CD or DVD you put it in with the side you want to play up? I just found that strange. Anyone know why?

    Dan
     
  2. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

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    Because the actual data for that side is on the downside. But that would be confusing to explain to people.
     
  3. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

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    Because you don't. [​IMG]
    A two sided disc is labeled on the opposite side from the playing surface, ie, if you are playing side A, the playing surface is on the bottom, while the label is on the top.
     
  4. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    Laserdisks work the exact same way. It makes perfect sense if you think about. Ignore the fact that you know the bottom is being read and treat it the way you treat an LP. Then again, there may be people here who've never played an LP so my point may not make sense to them.
     
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  6. Paul Richardson

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    I've explained this to my wife a million times, I still don't think she gets it. The solution was simple: I put double-sided discs in the machine. [​IMG]
     
  7. BillG

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    How about explaining it to her this way? ...
    You always put the disk in so that the label of the program you want to play is up.
     
  8. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Except Das Boot, that has the sides labled "correctly"
     
  9. Eric Kahn

    Eric Kahn Guest

    I still have a turntable

    double sided disk are no problem, if it says widescreen on the top, I exspect widscreen to be on the tv, just like cd's and albums, the label facing up is what is playing
     
  10. Steve_Snodgrass

    Steve_Snodgrass Auditioning

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    Actually only early pressings of Das Boot have that labelling problem; current copies are labelled correctly.
     

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