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DVD + R or - R

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MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina is a group administrator MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina says:

does it matter when burning a disc for a client? What do you use? Also where do you buy them? Any cheap suggestions?
12:37PM, 1 June 2009 PDT (permalink)

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JustinSinks is a group administrator JustinSinks says:

Aaron, what exactly are you putting on the disc? Just copy of images? I think the only difference is what type youre dvd burner takes. Most new burners do both.
As for the client side, as long as you "finish" the burn, they should be able to use the DVD in any player.

As to where and cheap, that depends. You can get cheap ones from Best Buy/ Target. They seem to last a few years (have had some for 5 years that still work, but also have some from 3 years ago that no longer play...)
110 months ago (permalink)

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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer is a group administrator Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer says:

Only matters that your Burner supports either media. It won't matter when reading the disc after being burned.

Do you need to provide them with archival quality media? If not, buy whatever is on sale.
If you want to give them archival quality, get something like Verbatim UltraLife Gold Archival Grade CD or DVD's
110 months ago (permalink)

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HBRstudios is a group administrator HBRstudios says:

Just a bit of info that I ran into -- if you put a label on it, I have read that the disc will be unuseable in as little as a year, but if you write with sharpie, it lasts much longer.

But, yes, go with the archival for wedding client images.
110 months ago (permalink)

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JustinSinks is a group administrator JustinSinks says:

Brian, I think normal sharpies are very bad for cds, I would go with a cd pen if you are to write on them. But yes i also read labels are not good. the glue kinda eats away at the surface.
110 months ago (permalink)

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Noreeyay says:

I hear the same thing about labels and markers. I love my Lightscribe drive! Looks great to for presentation purposes.
110 months ago (permalink)

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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

I usually just scratch my label into my discs with my fingernail! That's OK, right?

I can't say with certainty, but to my knowledge there has never been conclusive evidence that "archival" CD/DVDs are any better than "non-archival". They are most likely snake oil.

The +R and -R standard are a bit different when it comes to doing multi-session discs; the standard for -R is very similar to the standard for CD-Rs. The standard for +R allows some more interesting stuff, most notably multi-write (and rewrite) single-session discs. This makes +Rs a little less compatible with commercial DVD players, though.

Jason
110 months ago (permalink)

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ShibbieTown says:

DVD-R all the way.
110 months ago (permalink)

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