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    Does anyone know a site which explains all the types of dvd,cd, (dvd r.dvd +r etc)

    iv been downloading alot lately,and my brother wants to watch the downloads on his DVD downstairs,i havent a clue which dvd formats do what.
    Can anyone shed some light on this please :thumbsup:

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    Original Poster

    thanks gregg,i like the sound of RW,re recordable. do you recommend any brands or is there not much difference regarding cost and quaility

    I would spend a little more than usual on good quality if you plan to keep rewriting and keeping them for a while.

    How about ][COLOR="Red"]these[/COLOR] buy 3 packs for free delivery.

    I am sure others will be along with their points of view and other sources.

    Original Poster

    thanks gregg,are these good quality. How many times can you usually re write them without them breaking

    Original Poster

    can alot of dvd players play RW

    jim4571

    thanks gregg,are these good quality. How many times can you usually re … thanks gregg,are these good quality. How many times can you usually re write them without them breaking



    They are one of the best quality ones, I believe you can burn them 1000 times so just about do I think.

    They come with a lifetime warranty

    They are cheaper with the google checkout from ][COLOR="Red"]here[/COLOR] but obviously you have to spend £30 to get the discount, maybe useful if you were buying a lot of them or another item , say cd's as well.

    taken from website
    SERL Technology
    Superior archival life
    Recordable in CLV (Video) or CAV (PC data) formats
    Lifetime Warranty
    1000 overwrites
    Read compatible with most DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives
    Compatible with Philips, HP, Dell, and other DVD+RW drives and video recorders

    SERL Technology
    Superior archival life
    Recordable in CLV (Video) or CAV (PC data) formats
    Lifetime Warranty


    Detailed description
    This media is compliant with the 1x -4x standards for DVD+RW recording. However, uisng this media with the 2.4x-speed DVD+RW / +R drives that do not support 4x recording speeds may result in writing errors, failures in retrieval of data, or damage to the data recorded on this media. Please check your drive manufacturer\'s web site for firmware upgrades.

    There are several rewritable formats that already exist: DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM, but of these only the DVD+RW format provides full compatibility with existing DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives.


    Features & Specification

    Form Factor DVD Media

    DVD Recording Capacity 4.7 GB

    Manufacturer Verbatim

    Write Speed 4x

    Format DVD+RW

    Package Type Jewel Case

    Inkjet Printable No

    Printable Surface N/A

    Number Of Discs 10

    Storage Capacity 4.7GB (120 minutes)

    Disc Diameter 12cm

    Ideal For General Purpose

    Warranty LifeTime.

    Original Poster

    thanks alot gregg,il buy these. Dont know whether to wait to saturday when i go bowlers the computer supermarket in trafford park,have you been? do you reckon they will be available there

    lol jim I've no idea, I live in Brum. Give them a ring tomorrow, doubt whether they'll match that though.

    Original Poster

    on that site with the google checkout,do you have to spend £30 inc VAT or is it just the product price,i just added my basket to a total of £45,and then i clicked on the google checkout it didnt change price

    jim4571

    on that site with the google checkout,do you have to spend £30 inc VAT or … on that site with the google checkout,do you have to spend £30 inc VAT or is it just the product price,i just added my basket to a total of £45,and then i clicked on the google checkout it didnt change price



    sorry jim I may have got that wrong I thought it was all google checkout shops that did the £10 off deal, it is only selected ones.

    I will try and find one that sells those discs.

    slightly dearer but you can get the £10 off £30 ][COLOR="Red"]here[/COLOR]

    60 discs for £30 delivered.

    Original Poster

    no worries greg,thanks for your time. so does that burn media not do the £10 off the google checkout. i was thinking i dont need loads of the RW do i,because if i can rewrite them i wont need loads. My order before with burn media,i got 2 packs of the RW vernatim,1 pack of 50 titanium datawrite DVD +R discs,1 pack of 25 verbatim DVD +R discs. and two storage dics.

    see post #4 £15 for 30 delivered from Amazon, works out about the same price anyway

    jim4571

    iv been downloading alot lately,and my brother wants to watch the … iv been downloading alot lately,and my brother wants to watch the downloads on his DVD downstairs,i havent a clue which dvd formats do what.Can anyone shed some light on this please :thumbsup:



    What format are these downloaded in? I assume you haven'y actually downloaded a full DVD? Most downloads come in DivX form which is a lot smaller and the DVD player won't play these unless it's DivX compatible.

    [url]www.videohelp.com[/url]

    Good guides, explanations etc

    Original Poster

    Reddwarfposse5

    What format are these downloaded in? I assume you haven'y actually … What format are these downloaded in? I assume you haven'y actually downloaded a full DVD? Most downloads come in DivX form which is a lot smaller and the DVD player won't play these unless it's DivX compatible.



    they will be mainly for tv shows,almost all my shows are in AVI formatt,would that be a problem

    Original Poster

    im going to buy my blank media with ebuyer, using the £10 off checkout.

    up to now iv ordered

    2 of these: ebuyer.com/cus…417

    and 2 of these: ebuyer.com/cus…422

    totalling at £21.10

    will any of those discs have problems with MPEG video

    Does anyone know if you can spend £30 inc VAT to qualify for the £10 off,or does it just have to be the item price,is delievery also included


    Does anyone recommend anything else,i need to reach £30 lol

    jim4571

    they will be mainly for tv shows,almost all my shows are in AVI … they will be mainly for tv shows,almost all my shows are in AVI formatt,would that be a problem



    If they are in avi format, then unless his DVD player is DivX compatible, then the files will have to be converted back to DVD format. A cheap DVD with DivX capabilities is under £30 nowadays i think (a few posted on this site) otherwise you would have to find software to convert back to DVD. There are loads out there and i tend to use WinAVI convertor but i only use it for films. It doesn't really take care of multiple episodes of tv programs on a single disk, although there are other programs out there you can use which will allow you to create menus etc. Personally i would just join them into one large avi and then convert it into one big DVD.

    Hope that's not too confusing but let me know if you want the details for WinAVI :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    thanks red dwarf for the replu.so if i just write the AVI files to a blank DVD-R,they wont play in a normal DVD player. Tut. How do you join all them into one big AVI file red dwarf. Is the program free or is there a small fee for each use.

    what would be the drawbacks of using winAVI convertor on AVI files?

    which format is usually more reliable and compatible with dvd players (dvd -r or dvd+r

    jim4571

    thanks red dwarf for the replu.so if i just write the AVI files to a … thanks red dwarf for the replu.so if i just write the AVI files to a blank DVD-R,they wont play in a normal DVD player. Tut. How do you join all them into one big AVI file red dwarf. Is the program free or is there a small fee for each use.what would be the drawbacks of using winAVI convertor on AVI files?which format is usually more reliable and compatible with dvd players (dvd -r or dvd+r



    Ok most DVD players nowadays "prefer" dvd-r. Although most should play both and not a lot of difference in the price.

    Normal AVI's won't play in a standard DVD player, only one that has the DivX logo on it and as such will have to be converted. The program i use is simply called AVIJoiner but it is shareware unless you can find "free version" as is WinAVI Convertor. (Watching what i say here in case classed as dodgy).

    The only drawback i could see in using WinAVI for tv programs is that chapters that are set up won't match any particular part of the program (such as breaks or the start/beginning).

    Best to PM me if you want further info on these program as i don't want to talk about dodgy software too much :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    thanks for the reply,i know what you mean about no breaks,starts or ends.iv had a dvd like that before of my friend,and the feeling was horrible.always though i might be watchin the wrong episode or a episode in front.

    Do you recommend any other programs,what about nero can that convert aswell as burn

    jim4571

    thanks for the reply,i know what you mean about no breaks,starts or … thanks for the reply,i know what you mean about no breaks,starts or ends.iv had a dvd like that before of my friend,and the feeling was horrible.always though i might be watchin the wrong episode or a episode in front.Do you recommend any other programs,what about nero can that convert aswell as burn



    i think there is one called tmpg dvdauthor. I've used it before and wasn't too bad. I never really needed the menu option though. If you use torrents to download, i'm sure you can find the right copy too :whistling:

    Oh and if you get stuck about using any of the software mention, this is a great site. One of the best for guides:

    ]http//ww…es/

    And while i'm at it, i also have one called Tsunami MPEG DVD Author. I cant recall too much about it as it's been ages since i've used it but generally if i hang on to it, it cant be too bad lol.

    Original Poster

    whats the quality when you use a divx player,will it be exactly the same as what you downloaded it from

    jim4571

    whats the quality when you use a divx player,will it be exactly the same … whats the quality when you use a divx player,will it be exactly the same as what you downloaded it from



    Yep. You usually only lose quality when converting (although never too bad). I have my laptop hooked up to play avi's on the tv through the AV sockets and it's identical to what displays on the laptop. The DivX player works on the same principal. My brother has one and he's nicked loads of films off me with no complaints yet. As always, depends on the quality of the original download but i never get anything with less than 8 out of 10 for video quality.

    Original Poster

    thanks red dwarf for the help and advice,i think i might go with a divx player and a program,im going to need it sooner or later.

    jim4571

    thanks red dwarf for the help and advice,i think i might go with a divx … thanks red dwarf for the help and advice,i think i might go with a divx player and a program,im going to need it sooner or later.



    No problem. Overall, i'd go with WinAVI Converter for i't pure simplicity, especially for films. Good luck :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    i decided to go for convertXtoDVD,i had it already on my system,my technician friend installed it for me a while ago.Have you had any experience with this program

    jim4571

    i decided to go for convertXtoDVD,i had it already on my system,my … i decided to go for convertXtoDVD,i had it already on my system,my technician friend installed it for me a while ago.Have you had any experience with this program



    Never used it but there's loads out there. I always just stuck to what i know but from the 4 or 5 i tried i found the one i used best. But only in my case. Good luck and hope it works.
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