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    Default Which media to use?

    I've just bought a VHS/DVD writer combi to transfer my old VHS home movies to DVD.

    What is the media of choice? Haven't bought any for a long time. I remember Verbatim were highly rated. Looking for dual layer to maximise quality.

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    Default Re: Which media to use?

    Verbs are widely accepted as being a top brand, I would go for DVD-r. Any decent brand should do though, DVDs are read easier than games.


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    Default Re: Which media to use?

    i use verbs-R and traxdata DVD-r in all 4 of my dvd recorders, i must of gone through 4000 or more over the years and hardly any bad disks,
    most vhs tapes on long play are max 6 hours & most recorders will max 6 hours on a disk, for best results i put max 4 hours on a disk.
    the shorter cam corder tapes usualy 1.5 hours so i set the recorders to 2 hours.

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    Verb -r for me.
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    Default Re: Which media to use?

    Cheers guys. I read somewhere that dual layers don't work properly with some recorders, in that the recording stops when it gets to the end of one layer and you have to restart the recording process, so looks like I'll be going for single layer. Would I lose much quality compressing a 3hr VHS onto one single layer DVD? Obviously the VHS is not great quality to begin with so I'd rather not lose any more quality if I can help it.

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    Any recommended suppliers for cakes of 100? Last time I bought, you had the likes of Neo, *** etc.

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    Default Re: Which media to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by wadgey View Post
    Cheers guys. I read somewhere that dual layers don't work properly with some recorders, in that the recording stops when it gets to the end of one layer and you have to restart the recording process, so looks like I'll be going for single layer. Would I lose much quality compressing a 3hr VHS onto one single layer DVD? Obviously the VHS is not great quality to begin with so I'd rather not lose any more quality if I can help it.
    i found that a 3 hour VHS onto 4.7gb DVD-r with recorder set to 4 hours will be the same quality, the 2 panasonic recorders i have actually upscale the quality a little, you should not lose quality at the 4 hour setting.
    a dvd-r is standard 120 minutes but upto 4 hours is not noticeable from original vhs

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    I've got a Panny too - DMR-EZ49V.

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