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Burning DL DVDs

I'm not sure this is the right forum for my question so here it is.

A friend of my just installed a DL DVD burner in a computer with also a regular DVD burner. He "claims" last night by mistake he put a blank DL DVD in his regular burner by mistake and burned a movie on it in the DL mode. I don't feel like trying this at $1.50 a pop just to see if he's right.

So, is it possible to do this in a DL format or did he really "convert" a DL DVD into a single layer?

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Given so few details...

I can't answer. But there are fine web pages about how to shrink a DVD. Even CNet writes about it at

I used that trick last year when our training video exceeded the 4GB mark. But I didn't use a DLDVD at all. I used Alcohol 120% to have an umulated DVD recorder and the software CNet noted to shrink it.


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Thanks for the input Bob...

I understand about shrinking DVD files by compressing them and that's the only way to get a full DVD movie on a standard DVD.

My friend swears that there was no compression, but I'm thinking tht must have happened to his DL disk.

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It is possible if all the stuffs falls into play.

Your friend has a DL burner and he uses a DL disc and it is possible to burn a dl disc with the proper software (which you have not mention what it is/are.

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The whole question is bogus and should be put to bed...

In fact, the thread should be tossed in the garbage can. I just spoke with my friend again last night and after telling him I thought doing DL on a regular DVD burner was impossible, he went back and checked the spec sheet that came with his custom made computer.

Turns out he has a DL burner which he didn't know about. He's just another guy trying to make gold out of lead.

Sorry to waste the forum's time.

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Thanks for clearing this up. I'm locking this one down in case you wonder who did it.

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