Learning The Terms Of DVD Copying Software Makes Perfect Sense

By: Jay Moncliff

For anyone who is not a certified computer geek, the number of terms related to computers can seem overwhelming. What is the difference between RAM and ROM? How is an ADSL related to an ISP? Lastly, is an ink jet printer as fast as a plane, and does a daisy wheel printer have anything to do with a pretty flower? While these terms may all seem like a foreign language at first, learning their meanings will make shopping for computer programs, such as DVD copying software, easier. This type of software can be offered with numerous features, and distinguishing the difference between the different packages is only possible, by learning the lingo.

Before discussing the terms related to DVD copying software, we should start with the basics: the DVD. If you live on planet Earth, you have probably seen a DVD and even held a DVD. However, what is it technically? At first, DVD was the acronym for “Digital Video Disk." This is because their original application was video and movies. However, today DVDs do not exclusively store movies. So now they are often referred to as a “Digital Versatile Disk." One important feature of a DVD, which affects the use of DVD copying software, is its storage capacity. DVDs with a single layer can store a maximum of 4.7 gigabytes (GB). However, a DVD with two layers can hold 8.5 gigabytes. The benefit of a double-layer DVD is that it contains two layers onto which data can be read and written. DVDs can also be sold with double sides, and each side can contain one or two layers.

In addition to learning about the DVD, one should also learn about the terms related to DVD copying software. These include:

• DVD+R DL: Its main difference to the DVD+R is that it can store a maximum of 8.5 gigabytes on a disc side. That differs from the DVD+R that can only hold 4.38 gigabytes, equal to how much one much one layer disc can store. Therefore, without removing data from the original disc, or using compression, all movie discs on the market can be contained on a single DVD+R DL.

• DVD-5: This refers to a one-sided, one-layer DVD disc used in DVD copying software. At most, it can store 4.38 gigabytes of data on it.

• DVD+R and DVD-R: These two DVD formats allow for recording. On each of the disc’s sides, one-layer of data can be recorded. To put it another way, each side of the disc can store a maximum of 4.38 gigabytes of data. DVD-R is a little less advanced than DVD+R. However, both of these formats for DVD can only be written onto once. Also, nearly all DVD-ROM drives and DVD players can read them.

• DVD-RAM Random Access Memory): Camcorders, personal video recorders and computers use this media. Due to its tracks’ sharing of one center, DVD-RAM is more similar to the technology of hard disks.

• DVD-9: This is a one-sided, two-layer DVD disc. When used via DVD copying software, it can store almost 8 gigabytes of data on it.

• DVD-R DL: Also termed as D-R9, the disc has two-layers, and stores twice as much as a one-layer DVD-R.

The technical world of DVD copying software begins, but certainly does not end, with the basic DVD. Therefore, learning the terms related to the procedure can make DVD copying software a whole lot more sense.

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