DVD5 VS DVD9 – What are the Differences between DVD5 and DVD9
How to Easily Distinguish between DVD5 and DVD9
What are DVD5 and DVD9? How to tell if a DVD Disc is DVD5 or DVD9? This was asked many times in some forums such as VideoHelp. Before the start, we will need to know the simple concept elaboration for DVD5 and DVD9
DVD5 and DVD9 are concepts in terms of DVD storage capacity. In general, there are many kinds of DVD discs, like DVD5, DVD9, DVD10, and DVD18, while the DVD5 and DVD9 are the two most popular DVD types used by DVD users.
DVD5: holds around 4 700 000 000 bytes and that is 4.37 computer GB.
DVD9: holds around 8 540 000 000 bytes and that is 7.95 computer GB.
Note: 1 kbyte is 1024 bytes.
Before I buying a DVD, how to know if it is a DVD5 disc or DVD9 disc? Usually, there are few ways to check it. First the obvious, check the DVD case and the back cover that the DVD came in, if it displays 'dual layer' or 'double layer' logo, then this is usually a DVD9 disc. Next is to tell when using a program. When you open the DVD with some tools such as DVD Shrink, you are able to check the size. If more than 4.37GB, then it is probably a DVD9.
Judging from the appearance alone, it is difficult to distinguish DVD5 and DVD9 if there is no display on the DVD disc cover.
DVD5 vs DVD9 – Comparison for DVD5 and DVD9
DVD9 and DVD5 have many differences in the following aspects, check the table below.
|DVD Disc types||DVD 5||DVD 9|
|Basic nature||An earlier version, Single-sided, single layer||An advanced version, Single-sided, dual layer|
|Capacity||4.7 GB||8.5 GB|
|Video Minutes||About 120-133 minutes||About 240 minutes|
|Supporting formats||DVD+R/RW & DVD-R/RW||DVD+R & DVD-R|
|Play features||Can be used on DVD-ROMs & DVD burners||Can be used on DVD-ROMs & DVD burners|
|Price||Comparatively cheaper||Relatively costly|
|Reusable & Rewriteable (Y/N)||Yes||No|
- DVD5 has the 4.7GB capacity and DVD9 has the 8.5GB capacity, this is the main difference between DVD5 and DVD9. DVD9 can store video in better quality up to 240 minutes.
- The reason for the difference in storage capacity is, DVD5 is single layer and DVD9 is dual layer. DVD9 can give you more gigabytes of storage. Keep that in mind remember dual layer discs roughly twice the storage one layer.
- We can burn videos to blank DVD5 and DVD9 disc. However, DVD5 disc (DVD+/-RW) can be rewritable, and a blank DVD9 disc can be burned only once because there is no "rewritable DVD9 disc".
Freely Shrink DVD9 to DVD5 with Open Source Tool
When I learned what is DVD5 and DVD9, I found that many people have the needs for compress DVD9 to DVD5. So in here, we simply mention how to shrink DVD9 to DVD5 with some open source tools, that means you can compress DVD9 disc to a blank DVD5 disc freely.
Here is the solution:
Use DVD Shrink to reduce everything to fit a DVD5, then burn the file to a DVD5 disc with ImgBurn. When shrinking an 8.5 DVD gigabyte down to a 4.7 gigabyte DVD, there are three ways to compress your DVD movie.
One is to reduce the DVD video quality, you can drag the slider to the left until the red column disappear. Second is to only choose the main movie and do not check unwanted audio tracks and languages. And number three is the combination of one and two.