Whats a good blank DVD media Brand?

By Snuffy09 ·
for backing up dvd movies?

I have tried Sony, Memorex, and verbatim (they are ok for data).
These 3 always let me down. The movies always start skipping 1/2 to 3/4 ways through the movie. My father-inlaw gave me some blank Dvds (can remember the brand) and they work great.

Let me know what works well for you

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Maxell DVD-R SQ ~or~ Imation DVD-R 16x nt

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Whats a good blank DVD me ...
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From my limited experience

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Whats a good blank DVD me ...

I have found that it's more important regarding the Format of the Disc than the Brand. I have not had any problems recording Movies on DVD-R Disc's over the past few years as I record every Disc that I buy and only leave the Recorded Disc's out for any kids and the Wife to destroy by not handeling them correctly. This takes up a lot of space but at least I don't get originals destroyed and so far I only have 13465 copies in my Personal Library.

The other thing that I have found is that the type of Software used plays a big part in how well the disc's record and play latter. I have found a few disc's that I just couldn't record so I have stopped buying any from that maker as they do not support the option to Backup the Disc's to prevent Loss.


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13465 copies !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to From my limited experienc ...

< Gasping for air & stuck for words!! >

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Actually there are another

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to 13465 copies !! ...

13 Copies to add to that list.

SWMBO returned with 2 series of TV programs last week and I've just finished recording them before they can be viewed.

If I don't do this they get the living daylights scratched out of them or worse still the Nephews will pickup the Disc's with their fingers covered in Peanut Butter and then wonder why the Disc doesn't play.

Just don't ask about the number of DVD Readers that I have had to replace after they have been here looking at DVDs. It's frightening but hopefully it will not be for much longer as the youngest has just started school this year so in a few years they should know how to treat these things without destroying them I hope. :)


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Manufacturer more than branding

by seanferd In reply to Whats a good blank DVD me ...

The brands may be selling discs from multiple manufacturers. For instance, you might buy Maxell discs that work really well for you, then buy another cakebox of 50 only to find they don't work as well.

There is practically a cult surrounding which optical disc manufacturers are best, which dyes are best, and how to identify these.

Can't find it right now, but there is a site (well, more than one) that lists certain manufacturers and dyes as the best, and how to identify them by looking at the cakebox and other similar tricks, before you buy.

Taiyo Yuden (I couldn't remember the name) and Ritek


Still can't find "that one site", but you get the idea.

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Taiyo and Ritek absolutely

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to Manufacturer more than br ...

Taiyo Yuden and Ritek are my choice as well for DVDs. I imagine the site you were referring to may be There you can find out just about anything you need to know about DVD authoring or burning. As stated by a previous poster, the software used to burn with can often have a great effect on its performance AND longevity. For instance, when burning an Operating System disc with Nero, even at 1x, it has been my experience they don't last long at all. I always use ImgBurn (freely available at and burn all my DVD discs whether data or video at 1x. Especially those of a critical nature.

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