I've been tinkering with DV for a while but now want to get a bit more serious, since DVD Writers are getting to be a sensible price. Before buying anything I wanted to double-check a couple of things. My primary interest in a DVD writer is for making home movies on my PC for replay on my home cinema and for backing up large quantities of data (digital still photos). I've figured out that DVD RAM is not the way to go, but am now rather stuck trying to decide between DVD pluses and minuses with R or RW. There are various recorders that support all the formats (eg Sony 500a) but they are quite a lot more expensive than players that support, for example, only +R, which may be all I need if they are readable on a living-room DVD player. It may be that I can use SVCD, but my one attempt at that with Pinnacle Studio 7 SE produced very blurry results which aren't acceptable. Can anybody out there advise? Should I be able to get better quality with SVCD? If so the 30-minute capacity wouldn't be a problem for home movies (my tolerance level is about 15 minutes for those anyway...) Thanks, Lampsh.