Benefits of DVD include:

Better quality video with higher resolution
Long term preservation of the video (DVD's life expectancy is greater than yours at 100+ years)

Interactive menus:

Title pages
Navigational menus
Motion menus
Chapters

Multiple sound tracks (optional)

Commentaries (optional)

DVD options are available:

Non-interactive

A non-interactive DVD has no title pages or menus. When placed in a DVD player, the users' options include stopping, pausing, resuming and fast-forwarding through the video (similar to the functions of a VCR).

Interactive

Interactive DVDs offer many options, including:

Title page

After inserting the disc into the player, a Title Page appears. The Title Page includes the DVD title and a navigational menu of interactive options.

Navigational menus

The navigational menu provides the user with random access to each chapter found on the DVD as well as basic functions such as play and resume.

DVD-R

DVD-R is a 4.7GB disc with a single side/single layer. The video and audio data is written to the disc in a manner similar to that of an audio CD. It is compatible with 80% of first-generation players and nearly all players currently being manufactured. It can contain up to 120 minutes of high quality video.

A Few Words About Compatibility

The disc(s) you receive are produced using specifications developed by the DVD Consortium - the group that conceived the DVD format. These specifications are the commonly used standards for all disc and player manufacturers. However, the manufacturers of some first generation players - those introduced to the market in 1997 and 1998 - failed to meet all the specifications in their rush to get players onto America's shelves. As a result, approximately 20% of the first generation players present varying degrees of disc/player incompatibility - particularly when playing DVD-R discs (the type used in producing limited quantity duplicates). Most players manufactured in 1999 and nearly every player being manufactured today will be compatible with all disks.

The following is a list of DVD players that are compatible with DVD-R:

AIWA XD-DV170
AIWA XD-DV370
Cambridge Soundworks DVD 106E
Denon DVM-3700
Fisher DVD S100
GE 110GP
JVC XV-511BK
Konka KO 18001U1
Mitsubishi DD6000
Onkyo DVC601
Oritron DVD-200
Panasonic DVD-A100U
Panasonic DVD-A300
Panasonic DVD-A120
Panasonic DVD-A310
Panasonic DVD-CV50
Panasonic DVD-K520
Panasonic DVD-RV20
Panasonic DVD-RV30
Panasonic DVD-RV55
Panasonic DVD-RV65U
Panasonic DVD--L110
Pioneer  Elite - 05
Pioneer  Elite DV-F07
Pioneer DV-333
Pioneer DV-434
Pioneer  DV-500
Pioneer DVC-503
Pioneer  DV-505
Proscan  PS8680Z
RCA RC-5200
RCA 5215P
RCA-5220P
RCA 5910
Samsung DVD-511
Samsung DVD-611
Samsung DVD-711
Samsung DVD-905
Sharp DV710
Sony DVP-680
Sony DVP-C660
Sony DVP-C650D
Sony DVP-C670D
Sony DVP-CX850D
Sony DVP-S300
Sony DVP-S330
Sony DVP-S360
Sony DVP-S520
Sony DVP-S530D
Sony DVP-S550(D)
Sony DVP-S560D
Sony DVP-S570D
Sony DVP-S7700
Toshiba SD-1200
Toshiba SD-1600
Toshiba SD-2150
Toshiba SD-2200
Toshiba SD-2300
Toshiba SD-3205
Toshiba SD-4205
Toshiba SD-6200
Toshiba SD-9000
Toshiba SD-9200
Tredex TX-8303
Yamaha DVD-S796
Zenith DVC-2515

This list was updated on February 6th 2001.

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