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If I am going to burn a DVD with some family movies to send out, what type of DVD media works in the most dvd players?

That is in a typical DVD player connected to a TV, not one in a computer. Should I got for DVD-R, DVD+R, should I avoid DL? Does burning slowly matter?

Thank you!

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Go with DVD+R, and set the booktype to DVD-ROM (how to do this will vary with your drive, OS, and burning software). I haven't personally encountered any DVD players that won't play DVD+R discs of reasonable quality, but older ones will require the booktype to be DVD-ROM.

I usually get Verbatim media, and I've never had any issues with it - there are other good brands, though; I've seen Taiyo Yuden recommended, but none of my reasonably good DVD media has given me any trouble, so if you stay away from the really cheap ones ("Playo" was one I would not recommend, since I had issues with it) you should be fine.

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Sweet! Thanks -- Any recommendation on burning software for Windows where I can set booktype to DVD-ROM? I looked in at all usual suspects but couldn't find it. – Matt Dec 18 '10 at 23:49
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I use ImgBurn. digital-digest.com/articles/… describes one way; there are also more related settings in the "drive settings" dialog (I don't remember quite where that is, but I think it's in the Tools menu.) – user55325 Dec 19 '10 at 0:04

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