DVD Formats, Capacity and Playing Times

 
 
  • A Moment for DVD Format Basics...

    There's more than one kind of DVD. DVDs can be one-sided (DVD-5 and DVD-9 are one-sided) or two-sided (DVD-10, DVD-14, DVD-18 are two-sided). The various DVD designations, or "flavors of sidedness" come from the fact that one side of a DVD can have up to two layers, on which the laser pickup can focus to read data. DVD-5 is single-side, single-layer (SS SL). DVD-9 is single-side, dual-layer (SS DL). DVD-10 is single-side, single-layer (SS SL).
    (The low-numbered DVD designations are seldom used—they're included on the tables below to make the columns look nicely filled up.)

    For reference, a CD-ROM holds about 650 megabytes, which is 0.64 gigabytes or 0.68 billion bytes. In the list below, GB means gigabytes (2^30), GiB means billions of bytes or "gibibytes" (10^9). DVD5s hold about 5 GB of data, DVD9s hold about 9 GB, and DVD10 about 10GB.

     
  • DVD Capacity Table

    SS = single-sided, DS = double-sided, SL = single-layer, DL = dual-layer
    Designation Sides Layers
    (total)
    Diameter Capacity Times
    (cm) (GB) (GiB) (min)
    DVD-1 SS SL 1 1 8 1.46 1.36 36
    DVD-2 SS DL 1 2 8 2.66 2.47 67
    DVD-3 DS SL 2 2 8 2.92 2.72 74
    DVD-4 DS DL 2 4 8 5.32 4.95 135
    DVD-5 SS SL 1 1 12 4.70 4.38 120
    DVD-9 SS DL 1 2 12 8.54 7.95 215
    DVD-10 DS SL 2 2 12 9.40 8.75 240
    DVD-14 DS DL/SL 2 3 12 13.24 12.33 335
    DVD-18 DS DL 2 4 12 17.08 15.90 435
    Source: DVD on Wikipedia, excepting play times, which are estimated and can vary with compression level and source material.
    Table content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
     
  • Capacity of Writeable DVD and Rewriteable DVD

    Designation Sides Layers
    (total)
    Diameter Capacity Times
    (cm) (GB) (GiB) (min)
    DVD-R SS SL (1.0) 1 1 12 3.95 3.68 100
    DVD-R SS SL (2.0) 1 1 12 4.70 4.37 120
    DVD-RW SS SL 1 1 12 4.70 4.37 120
    DVD+R SS SL 1 1 12 4.70 4.37 120
    DVD+RW SS SL 1 1 12 4.70 4.37 120
    DVD-R DS DL 2 2 12 9.40 8.75 240
    DVD-RW DS DL 2 2 12 9.40 8.75 240
    DVD+R DS DL 2 2 12 9.40 8.75 240
    DVD+RW DS DL 2 2 12 9.40 8.75 240
    DVD-RAM SS SL 1 1 8 1.46 1.36* 36
    DVD-RAM DS DL 2 2 8 2.65 2.47* 67
    DVD-RAM SS SL (1.0) 1 1 12 2.58 2.40 65
    DVD-RAM SS SL (2.0) 1 1 12 4.70 4.37 120
    DVD-RAM DS DL (1.0) 2 2 12 5.16 4.80 131
    DVD-RAM DS DL (2.0) 2 2 12 9.40 8.75* 240
    Source: DVD on Wikipedia, excepting play times, which are estimated and can vary with compression level and source material.
    Table content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
     
  • Photos of Mini DVDs, CDs, and Packaging Options

    DVDs (or CDs) can work with either 3 inch/80mm packaging (we call this "mini dsic size") or regular "cd" size 5 inch/120mm packaging. They can also work with custom size or a taller "dvd height". The discs can be held with foam hubs, pockets, or trays. Booklets can be a more standardized size, or also made especially small in the 3 inch/ 80mm size.
    Photo of mini disc, 5C offset printingPhoto of mini disc in 6pp jacket with foam hubClose up of Dice mini dvdPhoto of Dillards promotional mini cd, holidayPhoto of Warner Brothers DVD, vinyl sleeveClose up photo of Warner Brothers DVD, 5C offset printing
    Photo of mini cd in 4pp jacket, Bible SchoolPhoto of mini cd in 4pp jacket, outside, Bible School
    Photo of mini cd in 4pp jacket with thumbholeImage of mini disc in 4pp jacket with thumbholePhoto of mini disc packaging, 4pp jacket with thumbholeMini cd photo, 5C offset printingPhoto of mini cd packaging, 4pp jacketMini cd in presentation jacket photo
    Photo of mini cd in 4pp presentation jacket - closedPhoto of cd in mini jacket, 4pp presentation style - inside showing pocket
    Photo of Extra Wide mini disc mailerMini disc mailer photoMini disc mailer image
    Photo of mini cd jacket, 4pp jacket with foam hub - insideePhoto of mini cd packaging, 4pp jacket - outside
    Photo of mini disc 6pp jacket with foam hubImage of mini disc packaging, 6pp jacket with foam hub, 3 inch heightPhoto of mini cd packaging, 6pp jacket with foam hub, 3 inch height

    Photo of portfolio with foam hubs for mini cds

     

     
  • Clear Substrate Discs - Mini Disc with Clear Substrate to Edge

    Clear substrate discs are made by using the mini disc mold (so the same data size as a mini disc!) and clear substrate rather than the metalized substrate out to the edge of the disc. The result is a partially see through disc. The physical size is the same as a normal, full size disc, and as a result, it never gets stuck in a slot player! You can have a lot of fun with the art. Photo of award winning clear substrate cd, international Photo of clear substrate dvd, clear dvd case with paper insertImage of clear disc next to clear case with paper insertPhoto of children's title, clear substrate discClear substrate cd with jacket, children's bedtime songsImage of clear substrate cd next to 4pp jacket
    Image of clear substrate cd, yogaClear substrate cd image, yogaClear substrate cd- yoga cd
    Photo of clear substrate cd - house shapeClear substrate cd - house shape cd
    Photo of clear substrate cd - shark

     

 

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