Wow. Great answers. The links you provided were perfect! Thanks Dodec.
1. for home use of the regular guy, DVD+R and DVD-R are both fine. the only issues you should be concerned with are compatibility with set-top players and price.
So if my SetTop player plays both Plus and Minus, given a decent quality brand, would you say that price would be the next determinate? What would you use if compatability weren't the concern - that is, if SetTop player compatability weren't an issue to you?
4. most movies are dual-layer discs. so if you want to back it up, entirely with all soundtracks, subtitles, extras etc. you won't be able to fit all that onto a Single Layer disc. so you either use a Dual Layer (still expensive and iffy in terms of quality) or cut out some stuff and re-encode with compression.
Then basically, as I read this, it means that I would have to buy Dual Layer media and test to see if a particular dual layer brand worked on my SetTop player. But it should still run in the DVD burner or on a computer DVD player, shouldn't it?
In truth I don't want to get into the video editing business if I can avoid it - I have a precious few DVD movies, and kids - not a great combination <grin>. Since I'm not talking about 50 movies, and want to make it as painless as possible, I think I'll opt for Dual layer, but I guess it's "caveat emptor" in terms of quality and compatability.
So as far as I can tell, I could use a slower speed with the benefit of price, but my punishment would be time.
6. if you mean back up store-bought DVDs that contain movies, they yeah there are lot's of hoops.
Dual/single layer issues aside, are we talking about copy protection encoding? If so, is DVDShrink adequate? Are there issues other than copy protection?
Thanks again for your reply. I've visited here before, and have always found you to be quite knowledgable, so I'm grateful for the replies.
The nice thing about computing standards is that there are so many to choose from.