The durability of a DVD disc is determined on how long the information on the DVD is readable. That is if there will be a compatible device that can read the information on the DVD and how long the disc will last until the data is no longer readable. There are five things to take into consideration when looking at the durability of the DVD disc, the quality of the manufacturer, quality of the organic dye, sealing method, a good reflective layer and how the disc was stored. In order to be able to read the DVD disc in years to come it is important to know how long the manufacturer is guaranteeing its longevity. Some DVD’s are only good for 10 years and some go out as far as 100 years.
There is also a difference in the type of disc you are storing. Many manufactures have a true archival disc that is protected by a gold layer that they state will last 100 years. The other issue a DVD disc can have is if the bottom layer of the disc gets scratched. They can withstand light scratches, but if a deep scratch goes across the bottom of your disc where the data is written, there is a good chance it is now ruined or unreadable. I always recommend too make a backup of any DVD that is important and store it in a safe place. If there is ever a problem with your playable copy you can have your backup DVD master duplicated again. There are many companies that offer DVD duplication and you should be able to find one in your area by searching on the Internet.
I would say almost everyone has box full of video tapes that contain precious family memories. Video tape is known as an analog format and over time will slowly degrade and loose their picture quality and color. For several years now the service has been offered to transfer your old video tapes to DVD. When creating the DVD you have the option of having motion menus so you can access key scenes throughout the video and have an interactive menu. In order to capture your analog tapes, the company will play your tapes through the required format deck and digitize them into the computer.
This transfer process is done in real time. Once digitized, there are a few options, you can have the company edited your videos then make your DVD master or just have them output straight to DVD. When the DVD master is being created you do have the choice of making a menu that can list different areas of the video. This is a great way to skip through different parts of the DVD without having to watch the entire video. When your DVD master is complete I would recommend having a back up DVD made for safety purposes. DVD is a great way to preserve your memories, but if anything were to happen to your master DVD and you did not have a copy, you would need to start all over again. You could use a company that specializes in video to dvd transfers too.
This video shows you how to tell if a DVD disc is dual layer.
The DVD dual layer disc will allow you to store up to 8.5 gigabytes per DVD. The disc contains two layers of data, the first layer is semi transparent so that it allows the laser to get through to the second layer. There are two formats of DVD dual layer disc, the DVD-R DL that was developed by the Pioneer Corporation and the DVD+R DL that was developed by Mitsubishi and Philips. The creation of the dual layer DVD now allows you to store up to twice the amount of data. This comes in very useful when you have a movie or film that goes past 4.7 gigabytes on a standard DVD. The dual layer DVD has become so popular that almost all newer DVD players will recognize the format.
In some of the DVD players on the market when switching from one layer to the next there is a noticeable pause between DVD layers and this had some viewers concerned that the disc was defective or the disc was damaged. Many film studios started to add a message on the packaging that this delay would occur and there was nothing wrong with the disc. The dual layer DVD has become very popular with small and large video production studios allowing them to be able to duplicate in small to large quantities without having to go to a DVD 9 and have it replicated. Finding a company that offers dual layer DVD duplication should be easy to find since most duplication facilities can accommodate this format. The cost of dual layer DVD duplication will be a little more expensive since the disc cost more and it takes longer to burn.
When doing your video production it should be planned and created with who the end user will be. Here are a few questions you should answer.
- Will my content of the video appeal to the audience
- Will they learn any information from this video
- What expectations do you want to have them take away after watching your video
- What do you wan them to see
- What is your competition
- Do your home work on the subject to make sure you have a unique idea
Since you are the video producer you are in total control of what your viewer will come away with. The video producer is the creator and you have a story to tell in a way that should capture your audience. Your video should tell a story in a way that keeps your audience intrigued. Some videos are going to be less interesting in topic but this can be overcome by the way you choose to produce it and using basic story telling techniques. This will make the difference if people are going to watch your program or walk away from it.
When producing your video keep in mind that good characters, action and a quality plot will always make for a better produced video. The other element to keep in mind is emotions. It has been proven that the most memorable videos are ones that capture the viewers emotions. Music is also a great way to enhance your video. It does not matter what subject you are trying to get across, there needs to be emotions edited into your video. This is best done by creating a story about people and there experiences which will capture your audience until the end. A professional video production company can also help you through these steps. You can find a production company by searching for video production + your location, Video Production San Diego for example.