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Video To DVD Transfer Quality Explained


Maintaining the quality of the original video is a key consideration when transferring video to a DVD disk. A standard DVD disk can only hold about 1 hour of high quality video. If you want to get more than an hour onto a standard disk then you have to reduce the quality to”standard” or “long play” in order for it to fit. If you reduce the quality of the video then the final output will be affected - it simply wont be as good. It’s as easy as that.


When you reduce the quality the final picture becomes more “grainy” and “blocky” . You need to remember that VHS video tapes are a much older video format and not as good as today's video’s. Any reduction in the final video image will be noticeable. A 4 hour video copied to a standard DVD is very poor compared to a high quality transfer over 2 video dl disks.


In order to fit 2 hours or so onto a DVD you have to use Video DL Disks which will hold twice as much data - hence 2 hours. Therefore, on this one single, special, Video DL disk you can maintain the quality and keep it onto a single disk.


For videos above 2 hours a second disk is required in order to maintain the quality.


We started to introduce the new Video DL disks in 2017 and customers now get a single disk for 2 hour video tapes and 2 disks for tapes up to 4 hours….much better.


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