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DVD Formats Primer

Know your disc formats

There are several DVD formats to be sure, but keep in mind that most of them are not intended for home use and can only be manufactured by professionals with expensive equipment.

The primary formats you can create and burn at home are either DVD-R or DVD+R. A variation on these are DVD-RW or DVD+RW discs that have the added benefit of being erasable and rewritable.


We may talk about DVDs as if they were a single format, but in reality there are several variations on the theme. We won't pretend that it isn't all a tad confusing, but we'll break it down into a few basic categories for you.


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