How To Create Your First DVD
Whether you want to transfer your pics to DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) or you want to backup a DVD to another DVD, I know you need some clarification about whole process.
Their are quite a few DVD formats to choose from but which one is right for you in this rather confusing world of dvd formats? Shall I store my photo's on a DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R or DVD+R DL? What about just copying a DVD to DVD?
To get down to basics you will first of all need a DVD drive that will be able to write your data (music, film, pictures, etc) to a disc. Most modern computers have at least a DVD-ROM drive which stands for Read Only Memory meaning it will only read (play) your DVD but it cannot write data to a disc.
In order to write your data to disc you will have to have a DVD writer which will write (burn) your data directly onto disc. A laser burns your info to disc which is why terms DVD burning or burn to disc are frequently used. Disc Formats
A normal single layered DVD disc (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW) will hold upto 4.37GB of information on a single side of a DVD. There are also Dual layer discs (DVD+R DL) which have twice capacity of a normal DVD (8.5GB). These discs have two layers on a single side which are read by a special laser which switches it frequencies depending on which layer it is reading on same side of a disc. Although you will need an upto date dvd-writer in order to burn dual layered discs.
We won't concern ourselves with dual layers in this article. Its enough to know they exist and we have to have a more advanced dvd-writer for that.
So label on box says DVD-R. What does that mean? Well, R bit on any DVD stands for recordable which means you can write your data directly onto disc using your basic everyday DVD writer.