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I'd like to know what a Dat file does.

 

Is it possible to add a video to a disc that already has a video on it (like a second title)? I'm using RW discs and there appears to be enough room on it for another video. MyDVD wants to erase the disc before it will let me burn the video I want to add.

 

Thanks, Jim

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I'd like to know what a Dat file does.

 

Is it possible to add a video to a disc that already has a video on it (like a second title)? I'm using RW discs and there appears to be enough room on it for another video. MyDVD wants to erase the disc before it will let me burn the video I want to add.

 

Thanks, Jim

 

To be completely general, a "dat" file is simply the extension used for "data" files. These data files can be generated by all sorts of programs and are not restricted to those created by the Roxio programs.

 

With respect to the "dat" files produced by C2012 (basically by Videowave and myDVD), they contain among other things the data to generate the thumbnails shown on the timelines and storylines. They are not that important and can deleted at any time as they are generated again after you open and save a project.

 

Whether you can add a video file to a DVD already containing some video all depends on the type of DVD you are talking about. If you mean a proper video DVD (created by myDVD for exxample) that can be played on all DVD players then you can't add to it. If the DVD is a data disc then you may be able to add to it depending on how you burned the initial files to it. This would be a data DVD and not a video DVD. This kind of DVD cannot be created by myDVD

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IF you are referring to a DVD Movie and adding to it - Generally NO!

 

There was a 'VR Project' years ago that could do this. It was dropped over time because it proved to be so unusable :huh: (good idea that does not work)

 

About all you can do today is Create and Save a Project. Then reopen the Project and edit or add to it and burn a new disc. Take a look at this posting on Work flow - Here

 

Another thing you should know about media. DVD RW media is great for trying things out as it is eraseable... NEVER use it for anything you value! It wears out and may go unreadable at any time.

 

DVD R media on the other hand is long lived (assuming not junk brands) and cheap enough that you pitch it without it breaking your heart :lol:

 

Good brands = Verbatim (Singapore Mfg.) & Taiyo Yuden (JVC) ;)

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IF you are referring to a DVD Movie and adding to it - Generally NO!

 

There was a 'VR Project' years ago that could do this. It was dropped over time because it proved to be so unusable :huh: (good idea that does not work)

 

About all you can do today is Create and Save a Project. Then reopen the Project and edit or add to it and burn a new disc. Take a look at this posting on Work flow - Here

 

Another thing you should know about media. DVD RW media is great for trying things out as it is eraseable... NEVER use it for anything you value! It wears out and may go unreadable at any time.

 

DVD R media on the other hand is long lived (assuming not junk brands) and cheap enough that you pitch it without it breaking your heart :lol:

Good brands = Verbatim (Singapore Mfg.) & Taiyo Yuden (JVC) ;)

 

Thanks again for the info. I understand the limits with the RW discs. Verbatim is the only brand I use. I just bought a pack. I think they're made here LOL

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In the US from wallymart. Verbatim p/n 94834.

 

 

First thank you!

 

Would you do me a favor and download the free disc identify utility and post a screen shot for me?

 

The red arrows is what I'm interested in, thanks.

 

dvd identifier v5.2.0 [January 10, 2009]

 

http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com/

 

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Here's a shot of the DVD+R I've been using

 

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Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:MCC-004-000]

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Disc & Book Type : [DVD+R] - [DVD+R]

Manufacturer Name : [Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.]

Manufacturer ID : [MCC]

Media Type ID : [004]

Product Revision : [Not Specified]

Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4.70 GB (4.38 GiB)]

Recording Speeds : [1x-2.4x , 4x , 6x-8x , 6x-16x]

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[ DVD Identifier V5.2.0 - http://DVD.Identifier.CDfreaks.com ]

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That's how I used to do it Jim [the long way]

 

Now I use a little, free app called "PrtScr" by an outfit called 'Fiastarta'. [do a Google search and you'll see it]

 

It can be started automatically with Windows, ot you can start it manually when you need it. You hit the PrtScr key and it drops a screenclip of all or part of a screen on your desktop as a JPG or PNG file.

 

Brendon

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