What's the difference b/w DVD- and DVD+?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by dferigmu, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. dferigmu macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2004
    Washington, DC
    What's the difference? Are they two different formats? Which ones are for use with Mac Superdrives?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Yes: they're two different formats.

    Depending on the Superdrive, you MAY use both (if it's a very recent model). This is what I've heard here but have not tried it with our 2.5 dual G5s at work... I'm slightly sceptical but that's just me. I'm probably wrong...

    However, all Superdrives will work perfectly with DVD-R/RWs not the + ones...
  3. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    DVD-R = more compatible with older DVD players
    DVD+R not so compatible

    They're just two competing formats. But it seems like DVD-R popularity is rising.
  4. DEXTERITY macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2004
    does anyone suggest a particular brand. and on a side note, does the DVD drive in the 2.0 G5 play regular DVD's? If so is there a way to import the audio off of them into pro-tools or some type of recording software? thanks
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    We use Verbatims or Sony's at work but the range is more limited in the UK. I think you get what you pay for with media...

    Yes, your DVD drive will play movies through DVD player, if that's what you mean...

    Lots of people here swear by Audio Hijack for audio extraction from DVD.
  6. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    +R burns in a different way than -R does, im not gonna go into the technicalites or anything, but as of late +R is gaining the edge in the format war, and is more compatible with ALL types of dvd players
  7. maxvamp macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2002
    Somewhere out there
    While in PCs, the plus format is growing quickly, the disks produced are quite a bit **less** compatible than the minus format. Much of this has to do with a series of bits on the disk that identify it as a plus disk. Many DVD video players still do not know how to play these discs since they are still not officially part of the format standard.

    As far as media goes, you can never go wrong with Verbatim. Ritek is generally not to bad either, and when media prices were higher, were more attractive. Now that premium brands such as SONY and Verbatim are below $1 ea. I just buy the premium brands now.

  8. NCTRNL macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2004
    Kansas City
    From what I have seen DVD-R's play in just about every dvd player and the DVD+R's are the newer ones that are still a little incompatible with drives and players. My superdrive which I got in September '04 will only burn DVD-R's...

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