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DVD Copy Definitions

Burning DVD copies of your favorite movie titles, or other data can be a great way to store data, or create back up. But with so many terms associated with DVD copying, and the DVD’s in general, many of us are at complete loss to understand many features, or make wrong decisions when purchasing hardware, or burning DVD’s. While there are many terms used, these all are not very complicated (though they might sound to be).

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Here is a quick guide to understand all those terms that used to confuse you. These terms give information about the hardware, the support, the protection, and the security features, etc. Once you go through this list, you are sure to turn into a DVD copying expert in your own might, and you can even help your family, friends and neighbors that are confused by these technical mumbo-jumbo.

DVD-R / DVD +R: This means a DVD can be recorded. This symbol on a blank DVD means that this is a recordable DVD, which can be burned only once. The same symbol on the DVD burner means that it will burn in that format. –R, and +R are two different formats, and if you are buying a blank DVD you should make sure that your burner supports the format. However, both these formats are almost the same, and these disks can be burned only once.

DVD-RW / DVD+RW: This means that a disk can be recorded more than once by erasing the previous data on the disk. Most burners that support the single write function also support the re-writable format. A disk featuring these symbols can be burned multiple times if the previous data is erased. Again, care to be taken here is that your DVD burner should support the format mentioned on the disk.

CSS: CSS, short for Content Scrambling System is the encryption method developed by Hollywood. It’s a security code on the DVD that is used to fight piracy by not letting a user to make copies of the DVD. It uses 40-bit encryption that requires a special key to unscramble it. Most DVD burning programs care able to Override CSS, with a built in feature, or by downloading a small separate program. Any burning program that can override the CSS will let you burn most of the DVD’s with ease.

ARccOS Copy Protection: This is another kind of security system that tries to stop users from making a copy of the DVD, and thus check piracy. This is done by creating bad sectors or a bad DVD structure on the DVD, leading to failure in the burning process.

CPRx Technology: This is the answer to get around the above mentioned copy protection technology. This is an error correction technology, which is able to overcome the deliberate errors introduced in the media using the above technology. This ensures that there is a perfect copy of the DVD that can also be played on the home DVD player.

Burns Entire Movie on One Disk: Today there are two kinds of DVD’s available in the market. The dual layer (DVD9) can hold upto 9GB of data, while a standard single layer (DVD5) can accommodate upto 5GB on it. Most movies released today are on DVD9, and can be burned on a similar blank DVD. However, if you try to burn such a movie on a DVD5, there are many burning programs that will correctly compress the movies so as to fit it on a single DVD5 disk. While this will save you the trouble of burning the movie onto two disks, there will be some data loss, and the quality of the movie will be a tad low than the original one.

Omit or Retain Bonus Material: Most of the DVD’s available in the market today have various bonus offers like extra scenes, edited materials, behind the scenes video, alternate endings etc. A burning program that features this lets you either retain or omit these extra materials from being burned on the DVD.


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