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rriehl71

How much on one DVD?

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I have a bunch of 30 minute shows that I would like to add to DVD. I have already captured them onto my PC and each program is about 6GB. How many can I fit on one DVD at a decent picture quality?

 

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At 'best' quality, you can get about one hour. Sounds like you captured the shows using AVI files.

 

 

Yes I did capture via AVI.. should I have captured in some other format?

 

At "BEST QUALITY" I can get about an hour. How about at a lesser quality? How 'bad' does the lower quality DVD's look?

 

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Yes I did capture via AVI.. should I have captured in some other format?

 

At "BEST QUALITY" I can get about an hour. How about at a lesser quality? How 'bad' does the lower quality DVD's look?

 

Thanks!

That's a matter of opinion but you won't know till you try it. I've gotten to about 7.5 GB and still feel it's acceptable to me but you won't fit more than 2 hours on a DVD. Of course, if you have a DL burner, you can get more.

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Please excuse my ignorance but what is a "DL" burner?

Sorry, it's a dual layer dvd burner. It allows DL discs to be used which hold about 8.5gb of info. So, you can hold up to 4 hours of video.

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Ahhh.. Dual Layer ok. Now, if I burner a dual layer do you have to flip the DVD in the DVD player after it plays whatever is on the first side? Also, how would you label a DL disc?

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Ahhh.. Dual Layer ok. Now, if I burner a dual layer do you have to flip the DVD in the DVD player after it plays whatever is on the first side? Also, how would you label a DL disc?

No, it's not something you 'flip'. The dvd has a second layer on which the information is written to. So, labeling is not a problem. It looks just like a regular dvd but costs more. Prices have been coming down and with Blue Ray coming out (you can google that) prices should drop even more.

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Ahhh.. Dual Layer ok. Now, if I burner a dual layer do you have to flip the DVD in the DVD player after it plays whatever is on the first side? Also, how would you label a DL disc?

Most longer commercial movies are on Double Layer DVDs, especially thos that are near 2 hours in length. You can notice the "switch-over" to the 2nd layer when the scene freezes for a second or two while playing the DVD on your DVD player.

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Are there any compatibility issues with the dual layer discs and home dvd players?

Yes, I have an older and a newer dvd player and the older one either won't play my homemade dl discs or sputters and generally gives me trouble while my newer player works just fine.

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What media type do most of you guys use for making DVD movies? -R or +R?

I use both, mostly +R as my laptop drive only accepts the plus.

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For me, the type (- or +) isn't the issue. Just stay away from dirt cheap blank DVDs. I use nothing but Fuji that says Made in Japan on the label for my personal home movies I want to keep.

 

I do have a cheapie Playo (made in China) disc that I use for testing purposes. Amazingly they have worked fairly well so far and were cheap enough I don't care to toss them when I'm done testing.

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