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#1 vegassounder

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 07:06 PM

I just purchased a Sony set top DVD-VCR combo so I can archive some of my VHS tapes to DVD.
I have no idea what type of recordable media will give me the best results.
Below is a list of the media I copied from the Sony spec. sheet.
Will someone please advise me as to what these various media can and can not do?
Thank you for any info you can give me.


Playable Media CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, Video CD, DVD+R DL

Recordable Media DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 02:12 AM

DVD+R DL will give you the most storage space (dual layer) but typically, any ol DVDR or DVDRW will work, though be warned DVDRWs can be erased and rewritten. which is a good thing if you want to erase and reuse, bad thing if you got computer literate friends in the house who would rather record the ball game over your old don knotts movie. :D

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:06 AM

http://www.proactionmedia.com/dvd_media_formats.htm

The above is probably overkill for what you asked, but I buy CD-R and DVD-R cheap packs of 50 or 100 and have never had a problem with them.
Dual Layer DVD (DVD9) are still very expensive but will hold up to about 8.5GB. Normal DVDs (DVD5) will hold 4.7GB. A CD will hold 702MB. You do not use RW (rewritables) for permanent storage as they will fade over time. Most modern burners will handle + or - formats equally, but check your own gear for compatibility.

You can burn audio and video straight to CD, but you need a program like IMGBURN to build an ISO file of video before you write that ISO to DVD.

To burn a CD, simply right click on the files you wish to burn and ADD to Windows Media Player. Go to WMP, click the BURN button, and choose 'Burn Now Playing'. Then click the START BURN button at the bottom of the right hand pane, insert your CD and wait 20-30 seconds, and it will start and be all done in about 3 minutes.

Edited by rowal5555, 25 May 2009 - 07:22 AM.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:00 PM

Last post is general comments only. Of course you will have a manual for copying VHS to DVD if your machine can do this.

Edited by rowal5555, 25 May 2009 - 03:24 PM.

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