DVD Writing #2

Last weeks article regarding DVD writing prompted a letter from one of my regular readers Jean Birkett asking for some more information as to what the differences were between the DVD-R and DVD+R standards.My knowledge on the subject was fairly limited so I’ve substantiated a lot of this article with various Internet sources which I’m assuming to be accurate but obviously if you disagree with any part of this article then do please let me know!

The DVD-R Format

The DVD-R Format (pronounced DVD R or DVD dash R, NOT DVD minus R) was initially developed by Pioneer and is now the official format of the DVD forum; the group that controls the specifications and licensing for the DVD logo.The DVD Forum was founded by Mitsubishi, Sony, Hitachi, and Time Warner so it has tremendous industry support for its technical standards.The main advantage of the DVD-R format is an increased compatibility with all players that currently exist (especially older players) and that historically the disks have been cheaper although the price gap between the two has been dramatically narrowed recently.

The DVD+R Format

The DVD+R Format is a rouge format created primary by the companies who were unwilling to pay the royalties to the DVD forum in order to use and develop the DVD-R standard and to use the DVD logo.As such it is not an official format however that does not inherently make it any worse and it is worth noting that the DVD+RW Alliance is supported by some heavy players such as Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Dell, and JP. Note that Sony sits on the fence by supporting both organizations.

According to the DVD Alliance, there are several technical superiorities associated with the DVD+R format.A disk can be instantly ejected without the need for finalisation, the disk has better error correction and there are a few other enhancements which probably aren’t of any interest to the majority of home users.Until recently DVD+R disks were more expensive than DVD-R disks however the prices of the two now appear to have fallen in line with one another.

Which of the two above you choose is completely up to you but bear in mind that you need to pick a media type to suit your drive; if you have a DVD-R drive then choose DVD-R media and if you have a DVD+R drive then choose DVD+R media.Fortunately the majority of new drives support both standards so you are free to choose whichever format you wish however in such a circumstance I’ll be honest in saying that the majority of home users probably won’t notice a huge difference between the two.Personally, although my DVD Writer can write to both DVD-R and DVD+R media I do use the former media type simply because my supplier recommended it for the best compatibility with my DVD Player although it too can theoretically read both formats.Whichever format you use is up to you; if your drive can read/write both types then perhaps it would be an idea to try both to see which it likes the best.

About the Author - Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges at the UK’s lowest prices.