what brands of DVD blank media do you use and why?

Someone, in another thread, told me the brand they prefer.
I am not finding that post quickly.

I did just look around at my local Office Depot and saw TDK and Memorex and Ativa, which I think is their store brand.

So what brand, and type, do you use and why?



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Brian GeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I get the Verbatims due to the excellent results (no coasters) I've had. I came across this (years ago) from high recommendations online especially if you get the ones manufactured in Taiwan. It was always compared to the Taiyo Yuden brand that has always had an excellent reputation for DVD media but was pretty pricey in kind.

Link to the Verbatim brand DVD media I've gotten for years now:

nickg5Author Commented:
what do you mean by the phrase: "excellent results (no coasters)?"
do you use DVD (-)R or DVD(+)R..?
Brian GeeCommented:
Well, I haven't had any of the DVD media fail on me during burn procedures (like I've had with other brands of DVD media I have purchased before). The ones I referenced (and use) are DVD+R.
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nickg5Author Commented:
someone said DVD+r might not play on 100% of all non computer based DVD players, but DVD-r should play on 100% of them.
Brian GeeCommented:
Typically older standalone DVD players might have issues with DVD+R media, but I would think (just my assumption) that most people have a DVD player that is newer than a 2004* manufacturing date. I can say I haven't had any problems with the instances where I had to watch DVD+Rs in DVD standalone players (I'm now with Bluray for movie watching... :P ).

But overall, I mainly use the media for backup and data purposes rather than playable DVD movies these days...

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD%2BR
nickg5Author Commented:
I want DVD media for movies only, not data.
nickg5Author Commented:
Are you in the USA?

Anyone in USA have pros and cons on brand?

I use Verbatim DVD-R for movies and it never fails.
I've used TDK in the past and they're not bad but prefer Verbatim.
I've also used other brands, Memorex I didn't have much luck.

An expert in these media(it's his job) once told me that the top 3 first class quality ones are:

Taiyo Yuden
Maxell (made in Japan)

He also suggest burning at lower speed specially if using poor quality or generic DVD discs.
nickg5Author Commented:
when you say you did not have much luck with Memorex, what were the issues?
A certain % of failures?
     ex: 1. burned 10 different disc and only 7 play.
          2. a specific DVD played fine one time, and the same one not play the next.

I want to put my VHS collection on DVD and I want to preserve it properly.
nickg5Author Commented:
Here was a comment from elsewhere:
Either DVD+R or DVD-R Verbatim disk is good - as long as the package says 'AZO' (referring to the dye used).
Don't buy the cheaper Verbatim 'Life Series' disks.

Before I read that about the AZO, I had already bought a pack of Verbatim DVD-r at a great price. I won't get the package for a few days to know if mine is AZO or not. I would have to assume "no" since the price would be higher.

So, this AZO has what advantages over the "life series?"

I am hopeful to preserve my VHS collection, etc. so it will last many, many years.
I was told, at least as far as music CD's, that these blank media, once recorded on, can go bad after 5+ years and you have to re-record (meaning "keep" your orginals)

And experiences on that?
rpggamergirlConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yeah that's about right for memorex, 3 coasters out of 10 and the others will only play for for a few times.

The Verbatim DVDs I have here are "AZO" we buy them when we see them cheap. The recent 2 spindles we bought was $17.00 per pack of 50.

The projected lifetime of Verbatim DVD-R media Metal AZO Dye Technology is more than 100 years.
nickg5Author Commented:
I think 100 years would preserve my collection.

Other brands > 30% might not play, and/or the other 70% will play a few times, requires the need to preserve the originals.

If the originals are on disc, then......preservation is questionable.
nickg5Author Commented:
I've got the life series and the guy enclosed the receipt. Pack of 100 for $19.99.

I may take it to my local store and exchange for the AZO.

Is that the consensus view?
Brian GeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would agree. Also, on the point of longevity, keeping your optical media cool (not stored in a hot place) and in a low humidity place would be prudent. Here are some other tips that will help you increase the likelihood of your optical media longevity:

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