The difference between DVD-R and DVD+R

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#1

What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?

CDFreaks.com has published a few articles comparing the two leading DVD formats.

Please reference the articles here:
Why DVD+R(W) is superior to DVD-R(W) <- most indepth article by Spath

The DVD format war – Should you go plus or minus?

The DVD format war – Current standings

Discussions regarding this topic are welcome in this thread.


#2

Is there any advantage of +R over -R media?

I have read quite a few posts where people are having problems setting the booktype of +r media to DVD-Rom which I believe increases standalone compatability. Why not just use DVD -R instead?

Personally, I tend to burn a film to a DVD+RW first and once I have watched it and checked it is ok then I copy it to a DVD-R if I want to keep it. Luckily all 4 of my standalones will play -R/RW and +R/RW so I don’t need to bitset anything anyway.

Just curious as to why people use +R over -R?

As you can probably tell, I’m new to this :bigsmile:


#3

One reason is better burn quality in combination with a certain burner model. I have a Lite-On 851 which burns +R quite a bit better than -R; this preference seems universal among Liteys. I don’t know if any other brands behave similarly, but I wouldn’t bet against drives made by pioneering members of the DVD-R standard setting committee burning -R better than +R. Maybe someone can confirm or deny.


#4

Thanks for the quick reply!

Also, you will need to change your Avatar - they are called Baked Beanz now!

edit Just realised they are called Beanz in the UK only!


#5

i don’t seem to be able to find a thread regarding this issue, if it already exists i’m sorry.

I would just like to know which is better DVD+R or DVD-R


#6

DVD+R, just 'cause my DVD decks supports the format. Check here and see what your DVD deck supports.


#7

what do they really mean by using DVD+R on a computer there are extra features compared to DVD-R. Currently i’m using DVD-R to store some mpeg movies which i only play in on the computer, is it better for me to switch to DVD+R or i’m fine using DVD-R


#8

is it true that DVD+R has better data protection compared to DVD-R


#9

Bottomline, except for standalone player compatability, you won’t notice ANY difference between equal quality DVD+R/DVD-R media from an end users perspective.


#10

No kidding ?!

Why DVD+R(W) is superior to DVD-R(W)

What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R


#11

Actually the biggest issue I’ve heard is that a most dvd players will moe often PLAY dvd-r but not as likely dvd+r. To me compatability of the media with the drive is most important. I’ve got 3 dvd players and 3 will play dvd-r, 2 will play dvd+r, and (the cheapest one) will play PAL, mpg, avi, and even jpg!

As for the difference there is little. If someone hands you a dvd+r disc you can easily burn it to a dvd-r with a +/- burner if you have an issue with your player. Just know what your dvd players like before you buy a spindle of dvd blanks. And of course have a dual format burner so you have the flexibility of choosing +/- media as well.


#12

Dvd+r w/ the booktype setting to dvd-rom useing a bitsetting tool will be the most compatable.


#13

at the moment I use dvd-r because

a) theyre easier to get hold of in the UK
b) They are slightly cheaper
c) anywhere that has a decent selection of +r charges a fortune to deliver to northern ireland
d) I own a nec 3500 which is an excellent dvd-r burner (though i hear its also brilliant with +)

When the availability of 8x dvd+r increases i’ll probably switch (ive got bitsetting on my drive so no compatibility issues). But at the moment from my perspective its dvd-r


#14

ops sorry for not being able to find those threads i’m quite new over here but thanks a lot for the info
:slight_smile:


#15

My experience has been that a good quality DVD-R has the best compatibility. While it isn’t much of an issue on set-top DVD Players it is definitely a big issue if you use DVD Recordables on your Videogame consoles. There definitely is an edge for -R media in this department. I realize that in terms of writing, ect. that DVD+R seems to be higher quality but in the end if it doesn’t work on your machine then who cares. A large part of it is that there are so many more manufactuerers that are widely used on DVD-R so there is so much more variation in the quality. Stick to quality discs and you won’t have any issues. While I realize they aren’t the best discs (still great discs for the money though), I have burned well over 200 movie, XBOX, PS2 and data backups on to Ritek G03 and G04 DVD-R discs and outside of one defective disc in my first batch I have never had a coaster with any of them. Some of my discs are approaching 2 years of age and they still all play without a hitch. Also, make sure you read the responses to that article above as they make some good arguments against it. :wink:


#16

I have a NEC3500AG with 2.18 upgrade. I’m using exclusively DVD+R right now…but what’s the diff between DVD-R and DVD+R? Is the -R is any better/worse?


#17

-R is recognized by all players as being a recordable DVD and in order for stand alone players to recognize it the firmware has to be programed to do this.

+R is recognized as a store bought retail DVD so most, if not all, players can play these discs because the player doesn’t see it as anything other than a standard DVD. My player works with all of them just fine but I find that the +R discs load faster.


#18

This is true if your burner is capable to do bitsetting, ie burn DVD+R with booktype DVD-ROM. If your burner cannot do bitsetting, then the booktype is the standard DVD+R. DVD-ROM booktype increases compatibility.


#19

So when picking between the two, DVD-R is better (if must pick one)???


#20

Read in the hardware NEC forum to find out about bitsetting for your drive. You need to flash your firmware to do bitsetting, it’s not hard to do, just read a little. I also have the 3500, bitsetting works, sets your burned discs as DVD-ROM. Store bought DVD’s are DVD-ROM, so it makes your burns more compatible as Zevia said. Players recognize them as a regular DVD.

If you don’t bitset, then - discs are more compatible, especially with some older DVD players. But bitset, the + become the more compatible. :slight_smile:
But a majority of new DVD players I think are compatible with - , + , and DVD-ROM, among other formats. Hope that helps you.

Personally, I’ll only be going with + discs with bitsetting. I’ve only burned a few - discs, and may not ever burn anymore.