Purchasing the Right Blank DVD Discs

The easiest thing to do when you need to purchase blank discs is to get them directly from Apple, which ensures compatibility and has always had good pricing.

But if you want to get blank DVDS on your own, make sure that you're purchasing DVD-R General media. If the product packaging or salesperson says that the disc is DVD-R but there's no indication of whether or not it's General, chances are that you're fine. You'll occasionally come across DVD-R Authoring media, which won't work in the SuperDrive.

Another thing to look out for if you're shopping for blank discs is that you're purchasing DVD-R (minus R) media and not DVD+R (plus R) or DVD+RW (plus RW) discs. The plus discs are designed for other kinds of DVD burners.

To get a better sense of things, glance through Table 18.2, which gives a good indication of the situation consumers face as a result of the Format Wars. (It's sort of like the VHS versus Betamax competition when VCRs first came out. But, in a nutshell , DVD-R is better and more compatible with DVD players, and that's what you have in the Mac, so get DVD-R media.)

Table 18.2. DVD Recordable Media



Compatibility with SuperDrive

DVD-R (General)

Can be recorded to once


DVD-R (Authoring)

Designed for older DVD burners; easy to confuse with DVD-R General media



Can be recorded to many times (up to 1,000 times)

Yes (Note: Projects burned to DVD-RW discs are compatible with only about 70% of DVD players)

DVD+R (plus R)

Similar to DVD-R


DVD+RW (plus RW)

Similar to DVD-RW


Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 349

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