Now that Iâ€™ve been working with home DVD authoring for a few years, and have gone though all the hurtles and played the trivia games involved in this pioneering development, there are just a few things I want to get off my chest.
First, the technology is amazing. The picture quality is unbeatable. The price is very economical.
My biggest concern, and itâ€™s a big one for me, are the problems with the burnable DVD media (yah, kind of important). What is with this stuff? Do you remember when CDs became burnable? There were very few compatibility issues and I can still listen to the cheapest CDs I burned back in 1997 with no problems.
My DVDs are deteriorating all over the place! What happened to all that hype about â€œPreserve your memories, transfer your home videos to DVD so theyâ€™ll last forever!â€ Ha! I am now the proud owner of no less than 30+ DVD+R discs in my archive, burned less than two years ago, and are completely useless. Oh yah, they worked great after I burned them, but at some point the harsh conditions of room temperature and case storage had eaten away the reflective data layer. I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™ve worked around all the book-type and udf/iso file system problems, the endless trips to Circuit City and popping the disc in every player they had, only to get halted by the faulty manufacturing of the blank media.
Iâ€™ve always kept up on â€œwhatâ€™s the best kind of DVD mediaâ€ on the internet. First it was Ritek, then when Taiyo Yuden came out thatâ€™s what everybody likes. Only then did they start talking about â€œarchival-quality dyeâ€. So what does that make everything before that??? Everybody seems to like Verbatim. Back in my trial days a few years ago I bought 3 Verbatim DVDs and never wanted to buy Verbatim again.
So yah, I do lots of wedding and bar-mitzvah videos and a few years ago everybody wanted to go DVD, so did I, and so I did. At first I would always deliver with a VHS â€œbackupâ€ but over time, people didnâ€™t even want VHS anymore and it seemed dead. So I stopped for a whileâ€¦ Until the DVDs started deteriorating. So now Iâ€™ve gone back to an early 80s technology as a fallback for flakey millennium technology.
And adhesive labels? Ooooh, bad. Eats away the data layer. So I just got an R200. Hopefully we donâ€™t find that printer ink eats away data layers also.
So what about all those clients who entrusted me in preserving their memories? Now Iâ€™m wondering if I should be contacting all of them and having them send their discs back to me so I can do something to preserve them before olâ€™ Father Time turns their precious memories into coasters. If itâ€™s not too late, that is. It might be my only option even though it will cost me time/money.
Ok, so I shouldnâ€™t have gotten Prinko or other weird cheep media. Luckily, none of my clients got those POS discs. At the time, the forums said they worked fine. And they didâ€¦ for about 3 months.
My god, I donâ€™t even want to THINK about Double-Layer discs and the entourage of problems theyâ€™ll inevitably bring. I could really use that technology right about now but I wonâ€™t until more people have tested themâ€¦… and let them sit for a while and see if they still work (hummmmâ€¦SEMI reflective layerâ€¦ that sounds like itâ€™ll last). Besides, videohelp.com is saying that only 66% of home DVD players will play DVD+R DL discs. Itâ€™s worse for DVD-R DL: only 44%!!! I simply canâ€™t deliver with that kind of reliability.
Anyway, sorry for this rant, but I would like to hear what people think about the evolution of the burnable DVD format.
P.S. What happened to +R being more compatible? Apparently not any more. I wonder if â€“R is more archiveable as well???