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DVD-R & DVD-RW Playback ?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by ARoss, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. ARoss

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    Can someone advise what the current position is for playback of recordable DVD media.

    In particular what are the capabilities of the

    Tosh Sd-900e
    Denon 2800

    Do most machines play DVD-R ?
    Whilst most struggle with DVD-RW ?

    Is this a timeline thing, whereby in the future support for both will be standard ?

    I reckon the above players deal fine with DVD-R, but fail with DVD-RW, however, info on this seems to be scare or conflicting !
     
  2. Jase

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    I could be wrong but I didnt think either of those players could play DVD-R or DVD-RW.

    Some of the new Pioneers and Panasonics can though.

    Pioneer DV7000 (DVD recorder)
    Pioneer DV747
    Panasonic DVD-XP30 (not sure of this one).

    cheers
     
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    The new Denon 3800 will play both as well, as will the Denon DVD A1.
     
  4. PhilipL

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    Hi

    Most players should work well with DVD-R recorded from a set-top recorder, or recorded via a computer/A03 provided it is authored correctly.

    DVD-RW does not share the same compatibility but should work in most new players when authored correctly via computer and the A03.

    When DVD-RW is used on a set-top Video Recorder such as the Pioneer 7000, there are two recording modes for DVD-RW.

    Video Mode: Complies with the DVD Video forums spec for recording DVD, most widely compatible.

    VR Mode (Video Recording mode): This mode allows for various editing functions for DVD recorders. However it will only play in DVD Players that display the RW compatible logo, or DVD Multi Logo (DVD Multi also indicates DVD-RAM compatible as well) when these appear. Currently out of Pioneer RW compatible models are: DV-545, DV-646A, DV-939A, PDV-LC20, DV-747A.

    In order to be somewhat future proof with formats get a player that shows the RW logo.

    RW compatible players will play all DVD-RW (regardless of mode above, finalised or unfinalised) and DVD-Rs.

    Players without the RW logo, but those that list support for DVD-RW and DVD-R from the manufacturer will play these disks but only when in Video Mode or those correctly authored on a PC.

    Players that do not list any support for DVD-R or DVD-RW, including older players, will most likely play DVD-R, and may also play DVD-RW recorded in Video Mode, you can only try and see.

    The other format that exists is +RW (from Philips). +RW when correctly authored or used in a set-top video recorder will play on DVD Players but is only as compatible as DVD-RW, maybe worse by some reports. +R which is the equivalent of DVD-R should be as compatible or more than DVD-R (more if you believe Philips marketing but this proved optimistic before with +RW claims, it has not yet been released).

    + formats are not approved by the DVD Forum, so there is not the same emphasis on manufacturers showing compatibility as there is with RW or DVD Multi logos. In order to display and guarantee to you that a player will play +RW means the manufacturer paying additional license fees to Philips. So in some respects even with new equipment the +RW compatibility is again try and see.

    Also see www.vcdhelp.com for compatibility lists.

    Hope this helps

    Philip
     

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