What's best quality DVD +/- recording blanks

  Muergo 23:38 PM 08 Nov 11
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I've used several different makes of DVD recording blanks but can't decide which is best over the long term for storing home video.

Anybody got any strong preferences, price not important.

  rdave13 09:08 AM 09 Nov 11

I always use Verbatim or Maxell DVD-Rs. Have home videos on some going back 8 years and still play ok.

  Zurdo 11:00 AM 09 Nov 11
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Have a look here. Taiyo Yuden seems best. I agree with Rdave about Verbatim. Best DVD Media

  Bapou 11:10 AM 09 Nov 11

Verbatim every time. Beware of non branded + or - I've lost files when computer no longer reads discs stored for some considerable time.

  Muergo 13:12 PM 09 Nov 11

Thank you everyone and especially Zurdo for that excellent informative link.

  eedcam 19:03 PM 09 Nov 11

None of them are really certain to last agreed Verbatim is good but you would be better off with an external hard drive if you mean realy long term storage

  Muergo 19:16 PM 09 Nov 11

I am using external hard drives for long term storage but need copies for the family some of whom do not have a computer but can play back through their TV's, that's why I want discs to be compatible with standard DVD players.

  Muergo 19:32 PM 09 Nov 11

Looking at the Imation and Verbatim discs, they both say "Made in India" and the Fuji photo grade doesn't give origin at all, the review says all Indian production is bad so still not sure what to get.

  Muergo 19:32 PM 09 Nov 11

Looking at the Imation and Verbatim discs, they both say "Made in India" and the Fuji photo grade doesn't give origin at all, the review says all Indian production is bad so still not sure what to get.

  eedcam 20:08 PM 09 Nov 11

Ah! fair enough Muergo but not exactly what it said in your post aside from that re India verbatim are made by Mitsubishi and if you install free dvd identifier it will give you all the Gen on any disc youll see it aint what it says on the Tin DVD Identifier

  Muergo 21:58 PM 09 Nov 11

Yes I saw what was on the can and the identifier, going to run through that tomorrow but looking at various other consumer feddbacks I see that Sony get a five star from almost everyone so as I'm running short of DVD-, still have DVD+ and RW and CD-R etc I bunged a quick order for a spindle of Sony DVD-R with Amazon, then will run same shoot through them and see the results.

Talking about dye colour on that link, I see that it's usually purple for DVD and green for CD. but the Fuji pack of CD-R which I assume is for stills, is shiny jet black on the recording side unless that's a further protective layer.

I am not sure yet whether to splash out on a Blu-ray burner as the blank discs are still so expensive, and what would they do apart from increasing capacity on one disc, the same applies to dual layer DVDs, they don't seem to be widely popular although both of my burners will do either.

Once I get sorted I'll stick with it, but who knows what they will be like in 20yrs time, same goes for my Ektachrome transparencies I am carefully trying to scan, some have gone off colour, probably when I was processing them at home in the bath!! Not me, the film.

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