So what you are saying MORG is that if you were to burn movies rather choose DVD-R not +R?
This is new to me! All this time I have been burning movies in DVD+R and some of the movies do not burn completely. Before the movie ends the movie starts to flicker. If this is the case then I will switch to using DVD-R.
What is the major difference between these two designations? Is it just format? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
IMO...DVD-R and DVD+R were basically two separate standards that companies did not agree with. While Sony and Apple initially used strictly the DVD - media, Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Compaq used the DVD + media. They learned quickly that having two formats would cause hell for tech support (as it still does) so eventually everyone decided to use DVD burners that support both. The DVD-R's are not any more reliable IMO as DVD+R's are--for anything. DVD+R = more support with legacy drives, more media available, faster, more compatible, cheaper, and easier to use. DVD-R flunked, and now they claim to be more reliable so people will use them over +R's, but I've yet to see any DVD+R lose any data or "go bad", I think there's just a bunch of guys trying hard to keep -R's alive so they simply lie on "reliability" comparisons.
Visit a dvd+rw org. THey have like a slew of items what makes DVD+R and +RW better.
If you are doing nothing more than copying DVD's or backing up data, +r and -r doesn't make a big difference. They tend to have +r do better in dvd authoring (ie menus, chapters, previews, and other goodies).
To add to bourgeoisdude and Admiral, you see I have two DVD players.
One is older than the other. I burn a DVD+R and on the new DVD it plays like a charm on the old DVD it plays bad and skips more than on the new one.
Just for the heck of it I will try to burn a DVD-R and see if it plays ok on both DVD players. If it does then I will put the DVD+R on the side cause all I do with them is burn movies.
Now regarding burning movies does it matter if I burn them at 8x or 4x or 16x?