If you're backing up files, you may add w/e type of file you want to the dvd as long as it's a data disc. You can only create dvds that work on players using software that will encode the video to be playable on dvd players (dvd players can now play divx, avi, and mp4 which do not need to be converted). As far as brand goes, I used memorex and had problems with the discs, they literally separated into two, as the discs are made by pressing two disks together. Not too sure about TDK, i just bought a 50pack DVD-R spindle from circuit city for $12 a week ago. Most players today can play both dvd+_R; I only bought DVD-R because my newest dvd player is 10 years old. As far as burn speeds go, I had no problems burning the fastest my drive will go, I believe that burning slowly would reduce the chance of errors on the disk.
I am this close to saving important files to DVD. I'm NOW trying to get a handle on the best quality blank DVDs and have run into more issues, some of them fairly old threads whose advice I don't know is applicable today.
I'm merely downloading personal files (text and photos)from my PC - Windows XP (not burning commercial TV shows, movies, etc. at this point )
My burning device is the the Lite-On EZ Dub.
I don't think I want to mess with the RW option at all. The most important file saves are photos and short videos made with a still camera option and won't need to be edited. As my memory chip fills, or photos are edited or emailed to my PC, I'm just going to burn an additional DVD (and copies).
As for text files though, could I add documents to a DVD as long as I don't "close it" (as I do to my CD-Rs now)??
I've read advice to burn more slowly than possible. Some say half the advertised speed, and one tech said 8x regardless. I assume that refers to the speed of the DVD. What is today's advice?
Any shared DVD files will be read on family/friends' own PCs (I'd assume). Is + OR - an issue in compatiblity for blank DVDs in this case, or does computer "read" technology now include + and - options?
I read (on a 2006 thread) much about compatibility to players for the +R and -R also . The -R seemed most universal. IN the event I ever actually want to burn something to be shown on a "player", is + and - still an issue today?
By the way, can burned DVDs be readable on both computers AND players?
Now to brands: concensus is NO store brands, some exclude even Maxell or Memorex. I've never heard of some highly recommended brands (older thread) and can't find TDK period or (highly recommended)Verbatim not made in Taiwan or India. I haven't seen anything made in Japan. What on earth should I buy for my needs (text and photo files and a few video clips), or what should I avoid? Will recommended options more likely be on-line vs office and electronic stores (who don't seem to have a large inventory)?
Thanks so much again for your time. Zippy