DVD FAQ

DVD FAQ
What is a DVD?

A DVD is an optical disc, the same size as a CD, but holds 7 to 25 times more information. A DVD can also potentially transfer data 8 times faster than a CD.

A DVD can be recorded on one side, or both sides. The sides can be either be single layer… or dual layer.

What are the possible sizes of DVDs?

name
size
sides
layers
DVD-5
4.7 GB
1
1
DVD-9
8.5 GB
1
2
DVD-10
9.4 GB
2
1
DVD-18
17 GB
2
2

There are discs with just one side and one layer. This size is called DVD-5, and holds about 4.7 gigabytes of data, which is why they call it “DVD-5”- they just rounded up!

The DVD-9 is a single side, dual layer disc holding 8.5 gigs. We like this one because you can fit a lot of video, up to 4 hours on this disc at good quality without ever having to take it out of the player and flip it over. Also, since it’s single sided, it can also have a nice 4 color label.

Then, there’s the dual side, single layer DVD-10, holding 9.4 gigs.

And finally, the huge dual side, dual layer DVD-18, storing a whopping 17 gigs.

DVD-R media and drives come in two flavors; Authoring and General. DVD-R authoring media (used with the Pioneer S201) is acceptable as a master for mass replication. DVD-R general media (used with the Pioneer A03 and Apple SuperDrive) is for one off disc creation and at this time is not acceptable as a master for mass replication.


How do I make a DVD-R master for replication?

DVD-R media and drives come in two flavors; Authoring and General. DVD-R authoring media (used with the Pioneer S201) is acceptable as a master for mass replication.

DVD-R general media (used with the Pioneer A03 and Apple SuperDrive) is for one-off disc burning and is not acceptable as a master for mass replication.

So what’s the brilliant DVcreators.net secret that will save me thousands on an authoring drive?

Aha- you know about us, eh? First build your DVD image on your hard drive and burn a few DVD-Rs to test on your DVD player. Once you’re happy with the build, just copy the final DVD image to a cheap 20 GB firewire drive and FedEx it to a replication facility and they will prepare a perfect master from your drive.

Be sure and check with your replication facility first to make sure they will do this- and at no charge!


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