More on U.S. Navy DVD Study and Millenniata DVDs

The U.S. Navy DVD Study used relatively severe conditions, including light, heat, and humidity; consequently, the results may not reflect typical usage. I learned a number of things from the study:

  1. The quality of the DVD recorder is critical. Different drives of the same manufacturer and model may perform quite differently.
  2. The Taiyo Yuden discs seem achieved the best compromise between quality recording and longevity among readily available discs. These factors frequently work against each other, with discs that had the highest initial recording quality having the lowest longevity.
  3. The Millenniata discs performed significantly better than competition under severe conditions. I would expect these discs to have better longevity, even under more typical storage conditions.

Millenniata discs are currently available but relatively expensive, with the recorder available for about $800 and the discs costing $15/each. A standard DVD drive can be used to read the discs. I would expect the price for the recorder and media to come down as the market for these discs expands.

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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