Difference Between DVD+R and DVD-R: Make Digital Copy of DVD+R & DVD-R

Diana Joan

Feb 09, 2017 06:59 am / Posted by Diana Joan

What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?

"Hi, I just bought a DVR and was wondering what the differences are between DVD-R and DVD+R discs. Thanks."

DVD-R VS DVD+R

Have the same confusion listed above and have no ideal how to distinguish DVD+R from DVD-R. No need to worry, the following article will show you the similarities and difference between DVD+R and DVD-R and how to make digital copy from DVD+R and DVD-R.

Basic introduction of DVD+R and DVD-R

Before illustrate the similarities and difference between DVD+R and DVD-R, we will first show you a basic introduction of DVD+R and DVD-R to better understand those two media formats.

What is DVD+R?

The DVD+R format (DVD plus R) was developed in mid 2002 by a coalition of corporations - DVD+RW Alliance, which is supported by Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Dell, and JP. Though DVD+R is not approved by the DVD Forum until 2008, but still it has a mass of supporters for its technical standards.

What is DVD-R?

DVD-R is a digital optical disc storage format. A DVD-R is a DVD that can be written once and read arbitrarily many times. A DVD-R typically has a storage capacity of 4.7 GB. Pioneer has also developed an 8.5 GB dual layer version, DVD-R DL, which appeared on the market in 2005.


Similarities and Difference between DVD+R and DVD-R

Smiliarities of DVD+R and DVD-R

DVD+R and DVD-R are nearly identical formats. The discs look the same and are both supported by most DVD-ROM drives and DVD burners. Generally, there are no difference in DVD playback, the main difference lies in DVD recorder.

Difference between DVD+R and DVD-R

Standards difference

The DVD-R (pronounced "DVD dash R") and -RW media formats are officially approved by the standards group DVD Forum. While DVD+R ("DVD plus" R) and +RW formats are not approved by the DVD Forum standards group, but are instead supported by the DVD+RW Alliance. The DVD+RW Alliance is supported by Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Dell, and JP, so it also has tremendous industry support for its technical standards. Note that Sony supports both organizations.

Functional difference

DVD+R discs must be formatted before being recorded by a compatible DVD video recorder. DVD-R do not have to be formatted before being recorded by a compatible DVD video recorder, because the two variants of the discs are written in different formats. In addition, the price for DVD-R and DVD-RW media is much lower than DVD+R and DVD+RW, older or cheaper DVD players (up to 2004 vintage) are more likely to favour the DVD-R standard exclusively.

Advantages of DVD+R over DVD-R

According to the claims of the DVD Alliance, using a DVD+R/+RW recorder will let you do the following:
- Instantly eject without having to wait for finalized formatting.
- Ability to record one DVD disc partially on PC and partially on television.
- Background formatting: while the disc is being formatted, you can simultaneously record on already-formatted portions of the same disc.

Make a digital copy of DVD+R and DVD-R

Wish to digitize DVD movies from DVD+R or DVD-R so that you can freely ransfer and watch them on your smartphones or tablets? To get the job easily done, here, we high recommend Pavtube BDMagic for Mac (review) to you.

The program keeps constant update with perfect support for up to 14 types of DVD+R and DVD-R
encryption including region code, RCE, key2Audio, UOP, CSS, Macrovision, Disney X-project DRM (99 titles DVD encryption included), FluxDVD, Protect, ARccOS, AACS, BD+, ROM Mark, BD-Live, etc. With our program You can make a 1:1 full disc copy or main movie copy without unwanted extras from DVD+R and DVD-R or rip DVD+R and DVD-R to any of your desired file formats or hot devices and programs such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, game consoles, TVs, etc preset profile formats for direct playback and viewing.

To ensure you to get the exact video you want, the program also provides flexible output profile parameters settings function and also versatile video editing functions for you to enhance the converted video to another high level.

How to Make Digital Copy from DVD+R and DVD-R with Pavtube BDMagic for Mac?

Step 1: Load DVD+R or DVD-R disc into the program.

Launch BDMagic for Mac, click "File" > "Load from disc" to import DVD+R or DVD-R into the program. When the loading process is completed, all the DVD titles will be displayed on the main interface, the program will automatically select the main title by taking the tick in front of it.

Load DVD DVD+R or DVD-R disc into the program

Step 2: Output DVD+R or DVD-R to digital file formats.

Full disc copy

Make a DVD+R or DVD-R full disc copy by hitting the   icon on the top tool bar of the main interface. You will get a Video_TS folder with all the original DVD structure well preserved.

Main movie copy

From "Format" bar, select "Copy" > "Direct Copy" to copy the main movie of the DVD+R or DVD-R, this will produce a VOB file.

Main movie copy

Output DVD+R or DVD-R to popular digital file formats

From "Format" bar drop-down list, select one of your desired file formats or device preset profile formats according to your own needs.

Output DVD+R or DVD-R to popular digital file formats

Tips: You can also output your specific portable devices preset profile formats according to your own needs.

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After finishing all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom "Convert" button to start DVD+R or DVD-R to digital copy making process.

When the conversion is completed, click "Open output folder", a window will pop out with all your converted files. You will then be able to copy the converted digital files to external hard drive or transfer and view on different portable devices.


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