A blank sheet of paper can represent a template for limitless possibilities. Artwork, short stories, poems, and even sketches have all graced what was once a clean, blank sheet of paper. They all have something in common; they have sprung from someone's imagination. While a blank sheet of paper has been the most common way to bring ideas to life, the advancements in technology now allow anyone to create, store, and present their work anywhere technology is used.
Through these advances, blank media has become more affordable, easier to use, and larger in capacity. The most popular forms of blank media are the blank CD and DVD.
Burn Baby Burn
The CD can come in several forms. With a CD-R, you are only able to record data once and cannot write over that data. With a CD-RW, the "RW" indicates that the CD can be erased and re-used if you want to change data. The only downside is that while the regular one-time use CDs can be used on any CD player, the re-writeable discs are not always compatible with different equipment.
The capacity of a DVD disc is more than six times larger than that of a CD. Holding 4.7 Gigabytes of space, DVD discs are available in different readable formats as well; DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW and DVD-RW. Each of these DVDs also comes in a dual-layer format, making the DVDs 8.56 GB. The "RW" refers again to the re-writeable format. The "plus" and "minus" represent the format that the DVDs come in. The "minus" was the original format, which means it can play on virtually any DVD player. The "plus" is the newer format, which is available for play on only the newer DVD players and is less susceptible to error while burning.
Unlike CDs, DVDs can store both music and video, but both discs can be used for simple memory storage. Word documents, spreadsheets, data files, pictures, anything you can save to your computer can be burned on these discs as backup.
Blu-ray recorders, for personal computers as well as home theater systems, are gradually entering the marketplace and creating a demand for the the newest format of the "disc family"-- the Blu-Ray optical disc, also known ad BD. The BDs come in several formats: original BD at 25GB of free space; BD-DL which represents dual-layer and can hold 50GB of memory; and finally BD-RE, which is "re-writable". At 50GB of blank media you can even back up the hard drive of your personal computer.
Lights, Cameras, ACTION!
A MiniDVD can hold up to 80 minutes of footage or 13.5 hours of music storage. While standard size DVDs can be played on any DVD player, MiniDVDs cannot. They require a MiniDVD player to adapt to the smaller version.
For the older camcorders that still use tape, we carry the Mini Digital Video Cassettes, more commonly referred to as DVC. The DVC tapes can hold up to 63 minutes of video, much less than that of a MiniDVD.
Big Memory, Small Package
Memory cards come in different physical sizes and memory sizes. Before choosing which one best fits your needs, you must consider what you will be using them for. If you are an avid photographer who loves shooting nature, or simply someone who loves taking pictures on the weekend, two medium sized memory cards are better than one large one. This allows for separation of pictures and, although extremely rare, if one memory card is corrupt, you still have a handful of pictures on the second card. If you enjoy storing music or saving your video games, one large card will be your best pick.
For a more detailed description of all the memory cards we carry, and which electronics require them, please click here.
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