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Recordable DVDs

With ever-increasing pixel counts comes ever-increasing file size. Recordable CDs remain the most popular and cost-effective storage media for digital images, but the ballooning size of some image archives is causing digital photographers to look for a larger-capacity solution. With our Zip disks filled and the stacks of CD-Rs piling up, recording to the high-capacity DVD is looking better and better. With a storage capacity of 4.7 GB, a recordable DVD can store as much data as seven recordable CDs, and then some. But switching to the DVD format shouldn't be taken lightly, as a format controversy is brewing for this emerging technology that might make you think twice.

DVD basics

The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) format you're probably most familiar with is technically called DVD Video. These are the discs that contain your favorite movies and play through your set-top DVD player or the DVD drive on your computer. While most DVD Video discs are single-sided, some are double-sided and offer twice the capacity. The big benefit of the DVD Video format is its compatibility with a vast majority of the DVD players on the market. So, buying a DVD player is basically a no-brainer if you just want to play your favorite movies, as the DVD Video format is so standardized.


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