General question about DVD size.

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Lost Soul, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Lost Soul

    Lost Soul Guest

    Hi all. Just a FMI query.

    I want to burn a DVD using WMP. But before I wind up with a bunch of
    coasters, I thought I'd burn to a DVD RW (DVD5).

    My question is, "Is the amount of data on a DVDRW the same as a Normal Write
    Once DVD?

    I've read on the interweb that a DVDRW holds slightly less (about 50 to 80
    mb - some say 100 mb to 115mb) than a Write Once (-R or +R) DVD.

    Lost Soul, Feb 20, 2008
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  2. Lost Soul

    guitardude Guest

    I don't know about it being a standard that RWs hold a little less, but each
    disc (cd, dvd, rw or r) will be unique and hold a different amount of data.
    They might be a few mbs lower or higher than the advertisement on the
    package. WMP should tell you if there is not going to be enough space on the
    disc. Hope this helps.
    guitardude, Feb 20, 2008
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  3. Lost Soul

    Lost Soul Guest

    Actually id does - kinda.

    I went ahead and burnt a DVDrw that should be DVD5 storage capable. When I
    watched the movie, it worked fine until I got to the lasat 8 or so minutes,
    then started to become "Pixel Blocked" (i.e. pixels randomly appearing on
    the screen). This is an indication of storage concerns.

    I then burnt it onto a -R DVD5 disc and no problems.

    I then performed the same test using Neor Pro 8 and the same results.

    So, it seems that there is some loss in storage with a DVDrw.

    No biggy, just curious - and for the cost of a DVD, a good test.

    Lost Soul, Feb 20, 2008
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