[Ti] CD/DVD Media

P. H. Adams phadams at mac.com
Thu Dec 4 13:03:27 PST 2003

On Friday, December 5, 2003, at 02:00  AM, Jerry Krinock wrote:

> on 03/12/03 18:51, kplist at kplist at ezmailbox.com wrote:
>> I went to OfficeMax to buy some DVD media. I found DVD-R, DVD+R,
>> DVD+RW. I look in help and it tells me you can burn DVD-R. You can 
>> burn
>> DVD-RW is you have the right software. Has anyone seen a summary of
>> what is possible?
> Not quite, but here is what I think I have learned.  Apple computers 
> only
> burn "DVD-".  Do not use "DVD+".  The Apple Store sells "DVD-R".  I'm 
> not
> sure about "DVD-RW".

I'll throw in the little that I know here as well -- yes, the 
SuperDrive burns to DVD-R, not DVD+R or DVD+RW, however there are some 
external multi drives, like the ones made by Sony, that work just fine 
with Mac. I believe you need Toast Titanium to burn to DVD+R. If I'm 
not mistaken, I'd heard that one of the features of Panther was support 
for burning of DVD+R media. Don't quote me on that, though.

Also, you can use DVD-RW just fine with the Mac. You can burn from the 
finder and use Disk Utility to erase the disk. I believe this process 
is facilitated by using Toast Titanium. Also, although iDVD doesn't 
officially "support" the use of DVD-RW, it is possible to use it. You 
put a DVD-R in the drive and iDVD will recognize it. Then when you tell 
it to burn the DVD and it starts to prepare the drive image, simply 
swap out the DVD-R for a DVD-RW. I haven't tried this myself, but I've 
seen it documented in numerous places and it appears to work without a 

Good luck with the burning! We made some Christmas DVDs to send out to 
the family this year, so I'm anxiously awaiting feedback from them. Who 
knows, it may be the start of a new tradition instead of sending cards.

P. H. "Patch" Adams
phadams at mac.com

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