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What are dvd's/cd's called that are silver on writing side or both?

Last Modified: 2010-07-27
+where can i get them cheapest? (like proffesional/like you would get on a bought dvd movie/cd disk colour)
I live in uk

Also what programme will copy a dvd-movie larger then dvd-r and preserve all quality + keep menus etc
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Top Expert 2012

Check sources here:

It is not possible to keep the quality and all the extras from a dual-layer movie, but if it is just the movie and not the extras you are interested in, DVD Shrink should do the job for you: http://dvdshrink.org/#
Shawn ConstableStaff IT Engineer

Hmmm Im not sure if this will answer your question: but the If a CD-R or DVD is silver on the bottom its not a CD-R or DVD+-R its a mass produced CD or DVD (They are not burned on a PC, they are made by a different process)

to continue on sconstable's comment, the silver disc's are pressed from a glass master disc. And to add a little comment on Callendor's posting, if you want to wait for a while and have a few extra buck's you should be able to get writeable dvd-9 disc's and burners within a couple of months, they where announced some time back. to clarify, the ones available now for writing and rewriting are called dvd-5 (4.7gb is approx 5) and the silver dvd's are called dvd-9 (approx 9gb), so unless you either split the contence of a (full) dvd-9 or downsample the contence (using numerous programs, if you're interested check www.doom9.net) you're never going to fit it on a dvd-5.

If you're truly interested in getting your hands on a dvd/cd-pressing machine i hope you have about 50.000 pounds in your account, coz that's about commen rate for used machines. besides that i don't hope you have a police record, coz otherwise your never going to get one (legally anyways).

hope this clarifies things a bit for you,
rigor mortis
There must be a silver dyed disk. Do you know if my Sony DRU-500a can be upgraded to support dual layer writing?
Top Expert 2012

There are no dual layer burners out there - the dual layer is the result of pressing, not burning.
Yups, i can only concur what Callandor's saying.

Actually there are, it seems possible to do dual layer writing on existing Pioneer A06 burners with a modded firmware. Though it is not publicly available yet.
Details here:

Here is a link to a new dual-layer DVD technology by Philips : http://www.dvdrw.com/press/duallayer.htm

You CANNOT copy a movie larger than a DVDr onto a DVDr and preserve all its quality. As previously noted:
Will shrink the file to the right size with MINIMAL quality loss.

Good luck

If the solutions I have posted are not what you are searching for then please post further direction on this thread.

Good luck,

Will they be really silver on burning side because I purchased some which say they are true silver but they turned out to be silver-green oe silver-blue.

Where can I purchase DL writable discs as well and in this format if poss?
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Concerning DVDr DL, these discs will be available for consumers in the second quarter of this year [before july]


You can check:


This site amongst other confirms that the media is currently not available.

If this has brought the thread to a close, you know what to do :) Alternatively post further qs.
As always you can direct me your other threads you want closed adequately to adhere to the user terms.

seems like its only a metter of a few months for DVDr DL

good luck :)

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