Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by lilturk1, Sep 19, 2004.
i was wondering what format of dvd is better for backing up movies + or -
Neither one is better for movies intrinsically.
The biggest considerations are media quality (quality media is a must) and the likes/dislikes of the player you own. Not all players are the same as far as what brand/format media they'll play. Here's a link where you can look up your particular player to find out what it likes best
The burn quality (and therefore compatibility) is also dependent on the quality of the writer you use. For example the NEC2500A series can produce a more compatible burn on some cheap Princo/AN31 disc than some writers (Optorite, Nu-Tech etc) manage on Riteks or Prodiscs. I've even found there is a synergy between player, burner and media -- player A will only accept media X if burned by burner Y, then player B won't accept that disc but will play media X if burned by burner Z (which player A won't play).
Which is why I always recommend people buy Pioneer or(late model) NEC burners; they tend to be more compatible. Benq/Philips are also good, but only if you use +R media.
For an easy life, use a highly-compatible DVD player (read cheap!!!), the best discs (ie Taiyo Yuden) and a good writer (Pioneer/NEC). Take any one of these out of the equation and there is the potential for trouble; take two out and you'll be banging your head against the wall. Hence the reason why it is too simplistic to merely say -R is better than +R or brand X media is better than brand Y.
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