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Layer Change

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by TonyOfBrum, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. TonyOfBrum

    TonyOfBrum
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    Please excuse my ignorance but what exactly is layer change ?

    I'm about to buy my first DVD player, either a Pioneer DV444S or Toshiba SD210E but I'm a bit concerned when I read about layer changes during the playing of DVD's.

    Is it like a glitch on a video cassette ? How noticeable is it and do either of the machines I've mentioned suffer from it ?

    Thanks !
     
  2. Ian J

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    A DVD is recorded on two layers and somewhere between 50 and 75 minutes the player will change layers. It normally takes about half a second and on most modern DVDs is hardly noticeable as when the disc is mastered they will put the layer change somewhere where it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

    Having said that, older DVDs and some that have been carelessly mastered will stop for half a second in the middle of a scene which is a bit disconcerting but nothing more than that.

    Some players are better than others but you are still only talking about fractions of a second and the Pioneer 444 is OK. I cannot speak for the Tosh as I don't have one.

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