I purchased a Toshiba DVR620 DVD/VHS Recorder to transfer my old VHS tapes to DVD. I have a large amount of tapes spanning about 25 years and I simply wanted to convert them to digital format. I don’t really care about editing so I figured this product was the easiest and least time consuming method since the entire copy and burn is automated. All I need to do is change DVD-+R discs when they fill up and change the VHS tapes when they finish (the tapes even rewind automatically).
I had an old partially used 100 pack of Fuji DVD-R around which according to the media info are “Fujifilm DVD-R ProdiscF01” discs. I’ve burned around 50 of them so far over the past few weeks and haven’t had any errors. I tested a few to see if my PS3 could read them and it could (though I didn’t watch the whole disc). My PC can also do so. Obviously the Toshiba DVR620 can read them. I also just bought a 50 pack of Memorex DVD+R discs (MMC-004) and burned one with the DVR620 and it is playable as well.
My question is about media quality as I’m interested in longevity. Based on what I’ve read longevity is nearly impossible to predict. From what I’ve read here ProdiscF01 are not that good of a media, but I had some that I burned on my PC at 8X about 5 years ago from the same package and they are still readable.
I figure that since the Toshiba is burning in real time (1X) that if the DVDs play they should be fine. Is that a valid assumption?
Also at 1X burn speed, is media quality as important?