Recordable DVD Recommendations

I would love to be able to recommend a specific brand of DVD for storing video; unfortunately it is not that easy.

Standardized tests that are available for DVD lifetimes are fundamentally flawed. These tests currently use extensive extrapolations based on relatively limited data points to produce misleading results. Furthermore, no manufacturer consistently tests every lot to ensure that actual production lifetimes match laboratory predictions.

Lifetime predictions for the newest technology, Blu-Ray DVDs, are equally difficult. These discs are proprietary and no standard test method exists.

20100120_Recordable DVD RecommendationsCDs are a bit better in that the technology is better understood and the tests for predicting lifetimes are generally more reliable. Testing has shown that Gold phthalocyanine CDs, such as Creative Memories’ My Memory Archive CD, will last  longer. Unfortunately, these discs have relatively low capacity and are not intended for video applications.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding various technologies, the best strategy for preserving videos and other digital files is to not rely on any one solution. For example, my videos are currently stored on DVD, my hard disk, and YouTube. If one technology fails, I will still have the remaining copies.

More details on CDs and DVDs are available at A Consumer Guide to Recordable CDs and DVDs.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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