Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by Vashee, Dec 11, 2002.
DVD-9 is the format of most video titles while DVDR whether it's + or - R/RW, is DVD-5 although there are some video titles in DVD-5 format.
Is that possible to burn a DVD+R exactly the same as those official DVDs out there?
That means playable in almost every single standalone DVD player
If the format is DVD-5, yes you can. Otherwise if it's a DVD-9 format, you'll have to split the movie and burn it into two DVD+R discs. There are some guidelines on how to do this that you'll find in these forums or just buy DVDXCopy and it will do the job.
How can i tell which is DVD-5 or DVD-9?
from my understandings, DVD-5 is 4.2 GB and DVD-9 is 8.2GB, Right?
is that possible to compress 8.2GB type DVD video into 4.2GB DVD-R, because I think it is the bonus in the DVD video takes so much space. Can I sort of get rid of them to save space to fit in a disc?
When you load the DVD on the drive and check the properties on your PC for the size, then you'll know if it's DVD-9 or DVD-5 based on the size. If the size is 5Gb or more, then it's DVD-9. It doesn't necessarily mean that by taking off the extas on the movie that it will fit on a DVDR(DVD-5). There are a lot of movies that are really big and so they can't fit on a DVDR unless you recompress the files and adjust bitrates to make them smaller and fit on a DVDR but you'll lose quality this way. There are some links that you'll find on these forums on how to do that. In my case, I want to retain the same quality like the original and so I don't consider recompressing and all. Even if I take off the extras, I would still like it to have the same quality as the original i.e. audio and video and so if it requires splitting or not, I will do what's necessary to retain that quality on my backups. If you're not, then just check for links on these forums about fitting into one DVDR. I don't believe in sacrificing quality to avoid an extra disc because otherwise you're defeating the purpose of DVD if the quality goes down almost as bad as VCD.
If i store the DVD movies on two separate DVD-R, will it be a bit too trouble for playing in standalone players??
It doesn't bother me but I don't know about you. I own a lot of laser disc movies and some of them are more than 1 disc and so I have to change disc when the other side finishes and it didn't bother that much since I was very happy over the quality. Same for DVDs, as long as I get that picture perfect and great audio quality, it's okay. But if you like it easy and you think swapping two discs is too much trouble, don't copy and just watch the original - it's your call.
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