DVD Advantages:

VHS Disadvantages:

  • High quality playback: crisp, razor sharp video
  • Small easy to handle disc
  • Easy to store with less room
  • Digital technology, today's standard
  • Long life - will last for generations
  • Will not degrade with play back
  • Will not degrade over time
  • No extensive rewinding or fast forwarding required
  • Large capacity for digital images
  • Encoded 5.1 channel surround sound audio possible
  • Multiple audio tracks - ENHANCE your converted footage by adding the ability to toggle among the original, narrated, & music soundtrack!!
  • Lesser video quality than DVD
  • Large casettes take up more space
  • Analog technology
  • Limited life of quality use
  • Quality degrades with every playback
  • Quality degrades with time even if not used
  • Tape damage from older machines
  • Fast Forward or Reverse to find tape location
  • Highest quality audio is "monaural surround sound"
  • Single audio track
  • AUDIO COMMENTARY: Feel free to contact us if you would like to add your own commentary track to your DVD film project. We will send you a "scratch disc", allowing you to preview your film and provide you with instructions on how to record your own commentary, identifying people, places, and events as the movie plays on the screen. A commentary track provides a means for future generations to identify more closely with the people and events in the movie. Switching between the music track and the commentary track is as simple as hitting the AUDIO button on your DVD remote control. No one will ever forget Who's Who in the family again!

     

    Common DVD Related Glossary Terms

    • Amaray Case - A plastic clamshell type case designed for DVD discs to differentiate them from CDs and to protect them. It is similar to clamshell cases used for VHS cassettes, but it is wider and thinner. See a picture!

    • Chapter Menu - In DVD-Video, a division of a Title. Technically called "part of title (PTT)". Therefore the chapter menu provides the viewer access to parts of the title, just like the tracks (songs) on an audio CD.
      Show me! (Click to view streaming example of a chapter menu with motion thumbnails).
      NOTE: Chapter selection icon will not appear until the menu is on the actual DVD.


    • Motion Thumbnail - A small, square shaped moving image that provides viewers a preview of a particular chapter. Often found on the chapter menu of a DVD disc.
      Show me! (Click to view streaming example of a chapter menu with motion thumbnails).
      NOTE: Chapter selection icon will not appear until the menu is on the actual DVD.


    • Title Menu - The main menu of a DVD-video disc, from which titles and other options are selected. Also called the top menu by some DVD player manufacturers.


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