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DVD-R DL (DL stands for Dual Layer[1 ]), also called DVD-R9, is a derivative of the DVD-R format standard. DVD-R DL discs hold 8.54 GB (7.96 GiB) per side by utilizing two recordable dye layers, each capable of storing nearly the 4.7 GB (4.38 GiB) of a single layer disc -almost doubling the total disc capacity. Discs can be read in many DVD devices (older units are less compatible) and can only be written using DVD-R DL compatible recorders.

DVD-R DL Capacity
Physical size GB GiB
12 cm, single sided 8.5 7.92
12 cm, double sided 17.1 15.93
8 cm, single sided 2.6 2.42
8 cm, double sided 5.2 4.84

DVD-R DL has compatibility issues with legacy DVD-ROM drives known as pickup head overrun. To avoid this issue, the two layers of the disc need to be equally recorded. But this is a contradiction with the sequential nature of the DVD recording. Thus DVD Forum under Pioneer's lead developed a technology known as Layer Jump Recording (LJR), which incrementally record smaller sections of each layer to maintain compatibility with DVD-ROM drives.


Dual layer recording

Dual Layer recording allows DVD-R and DVD+R discs to store significantly more data, up to 8.5 gigabytes per side, per disc, compared with 4.7 gigabytes for single-layer discs. DVD-R DL was developed for the DVD Forum by Pioneer Corporation, DVD+R DL was developed for the DVD+RW Alliance by Philips and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM).[2]

A Dual Layer disc differs from its usual DVD counterpart by employing a second physical layer within the disc itself. The drive with Dual Layer capability accesses the second layer by shining the laser through the first semi-transparent layer. The layer change can exhibit a noticeable pause in some DVD players, up to several seconds.[3] This caused more than a few viewers to worry that their dual layer discs were damaged or defective, with the end result that studios began listing a standard message explaining the dual layer pausing effect on all dual layer disc packaging.

DVD recordable discs supporting this technology are backward compatible with some existing DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.[2] Many current DVD recorders support dual-layer technology, and the price is now comparable to that of single-layer drives, though the blank media remains more expensive. The recording speeds reached by dual-layer media are still well below those of single-layer media.

There are two modes for dual layer orientation. With parallel track path (PTP), used on DVD-ROM, both layers start at the inside diameter (ID) and end at the outside diameter (OD) with the lead-out. With Opposite Track Path (OTP), used on DVD-Video, the lower layer starts at the ID and the upper layer starts at the OD, where the other layer ends, they share one lead-in and one lead-out. However only blank disks and drives that support the latter mode are currently available.

Recordable DVD capacity comparison

For comparison, the table below shows storage capacities of the four most common DVD recordable media, excluding DVD-RAM. (SL) stands for standard single-layer discs, while DL denotes the dual-layer variants. See articles on the formats in question for information on compatibility issues.

Disk Type number of sectors for data (2,048B each) capacity in bytes capacity in GB capacity in GiB
DVD-R (SL) 2,298,496 4,707,319,808 4.7 4.384
DVD+R (SL) 2,295,104 4,700,372,992 4.7 4.378
DVD-R DL 4,171,712 8,543,666,176 8.5 7.957
DVD+R DL 4,173,824 8,547,991,552 8.5 7.961

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