Archive for April 2014

The Lifespan of a DVD?

“How long will a DVD last?”

I have seen reports of 75-100 years. This could be wrong. DVDs will last until they become too scratched to be read, and scratching a DVD is not hard to do. Always make a back up copy of important video or data and put the DVD away in a cool, dry place. Exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold can cause damage to DVDs, and they should also be kept away from any harsh chemicals to ensure a longer lifespan.

DVD Player Won’t Read Your DVD?

“Why won’t my DVD player read my DVD?”

If your DVD won’t play in your DVD player, remove the disc and look at the back. If it has many scratches and smudges then that is most likely the reason for the read error. DVDs can be cleaned/repaired to some extent. Also, a damaged DVD may play in one player but not in another. It’s always a good idea to make an extra copy of your DVD and keep the master in a safe place, just in case.

“I had my VHS tape copied to DVD and when I got it home, it won’t play. If it does play, it plays badly. Why?”

It might be that your player is not compatible with either DVD-R or DVD+R. Some older models were only made to play one format and not the other. On the other hand, your DVD player may not be able to play any kind of recordable DVD media, which means that neither DVD-R or DVD+R can be read. Be sure to read the manual that came with your player to find out for sure. Most newer models of DVD players are built to read both formats. There is a difference between the DVDs that you might rent or buy from a store and the ones that you can record on, like DVD-R/DVD+R. Movies that are purchased are most likely on DVD-5 or DVD-9. Try the recorded DVD in a player that is made to play DVD-R/DVD+R discs. If it plays well there, then it’s most likely the player that is the issue.

If you need more information on having copies made, cleaning/repairing, and finalizing DVDs, visit AM Tech Video’s website to see what we can do for you!

Problems Viewing or Retrieving DVD Files?

“I can’t play a DVD recorded in my Sony camera. Do you know why?”

Having problems viewing or retrieving files from a DVD? Maybe the disc was not finalized properly after recording in the camcorder and now it can’t find the files or the disc won’t read (says ERROR or NO DISC). Try putting the disc back in the camera and finalizing it if you did not do this originally. This may take care of the problem.

We have seen cases where people have tried to record to the end of a DVD and this won’t allow enough room for finalization. If you use a Sony DVD in a Sony camera, it should stop before you go too far. Before using a different brand mini-DVD, check to make sure they have that feature.

If nothing else works, don’t fret! Here at AM Tech Video, we can help you to recover your lost files. Don’t lose your precious memories! Contact us and see what we can do for you!

AM Tech Video, Inc. Welcomes You!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new and improved blog! AM Tech Video Inc. is a full service multimedia producer located in Cleveland, OH. Established in 1985, ATV provides a complete range of services from scripting to final production of your video on DVD, Blu-Ray or multimedia for the WEB.

Our Video department ATV productions video service can also convert and transfer video to DVD and Blu-Ray from VHS, Cameras, iPads, Phones and all formats of video tape.

Do you have a video-related question? If so, leave us a comment! We’ll be posting informational articles to help with the most common video and technical problems.