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DVD5 VS DVD9 - Differences Between DVD5 and DVD9

By Vicky Lewis

July 16, 2018

DVD, an optical disc storage media format, comes with higher storage capacity than CD. In terms of popularity, DVD is more widely used to store media data. Nowadays, we have various types of DVD discs, such as DVD-5 and DVD-9, the most commonly used DVD types. Both DVD-5 and DVD-9 have widely used storage methods for media files, such as movies, videos, and more. DVD5 is an earlier version of DVD9. To figure out differences between DVD5 and DVD9, just read on.


Part 1. Brief Introduction: DVD5 & DVD9


DVD-5, commonly abbreviated to D5, is a kind of disc of single layer and single layer disc (SS-SL). DVD-5 is supported by DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. Generally, DVD-5 has a capacity of 4.7GB, which can contain 100-minute standard-quality video. Meanwhile, when playing such a video, Dolby Digital Surround audio system, as well as subtitles in two languages, is supported.


DVD-9, short for D9, is a larger version than DVD-5. It is a kind of disc of dual layers and single side. DVD-9 can contain data up to 8.5G. Generally, movies in D9 use DTS audio system or LPCM lossless audio. Mostly, videos contained in DVD-9 are more than 100 minutes. With DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL as the official names, DVD-9 is widely used by commercial DVDs, such as encrypted with DVD region codes, Sony ARccOS, etc.

Part 2. Comparison Table: See What's Different Between DVD-5 & DVD-9





Earlier Version

Latter Version Used Advanced Tech

Physical Property

Single Sided, Single Layer

Single Sided, Double Layer



8.5G(almost twice of that of DVD-5)


Reusable and Rewriteable

Cannot be Reused Or Rewriteable

Supporting Formats

Supported by the   DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW formats

Supported by the DVD+R and DVD-R formats


Less Expensive

More Expensive

Illustrating the difference in track pitch between CDs and DVDs a diagram:


Part 3. Conclusion: DVD-9 Has Competitive Edge

In conclusion, DVD-9 is better than DVD-5 for the below reasons:

#1. Larger Capacity As Well As Higher Image Quality

As we have mentioned above, DVD9 comes with the larger capacity than DVD5. Specifically, DVD9 can store almost twice as that of DVD5. For films same in length, DVD9 adopts big data flow compression so as to maintain image quality, while DVD5 selects to decrease image quality reduce data flow in order to store the whole film. Generally, DVD5 can store a 100-minute movie with not bad image quality. For the larger file, it is better to store in DVD9 so as to improve data flow and image quality of the movie.

#2. Use High Tech to Prevent Copyright Infringement

Manufacturers adopt high and advanced technology to produce DVD9 while we have had proven DVD5 production technology. Because of that, copyright infringed movies are always contained in DVD5 as production procedure of DVD9 is complicated than that of DVD5. Every step in DVD9 production should be rigorous. However, there is still a key issue in the DVD9 quality inspection. At present, we can only burn DVD5 but DVD9 with DVD-R.

#3. Multifunctional

Generally, DVD9 has more features than DVD5. DVD9 supports multi-languages, multi-subtitles, and multi-perspectives, etc. Because of DVD9, customers can experience most advantages of DVD.

#4. High Quality

DVD9 has higher quality than DVD5. Movies in DVD9 have better quality than that in DVD5.

Part 4. Extended Reading: How to Rip DVD-5/DVD-9

As we all know, DVD contents cannot be played without a DVD player or DVD reader. If you want to rip movies from DVD-5/DVD-9 to a portable device such as iPhone X/iPhone 8/8s, you can turn to TuneFab DVD Ripper.

TuneFab DVD Ripper is a DVD ripper specializing in removing DRM protection and converting DVD format. It is compatible with all kinds of DVD files, such as movies contained in DVD 5 disc and DVD 9 disc. With the assistance of TuneFab DVD Ripper, steps to rip DVD formats are greatly facilitated. You can convert videos in DVD 5 and DVD 9 to common MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, MP3 formats and backup them to PC folders readily. The program can work concurrently with other programs on your computer. So you can enjoy a game or watch a video when ripping is proceeding. When the task is complete, just locate the ripped DVD in the pre-defined folder. Then you can play it on your computer or copy it to your portable device. Ripping steps go as below:

Step 1. Open TuneFab DVD Ripper and Register

Download and install TuneFab DVD Ripper on your Windows/Mac computer. Then open the program. For the first time to use this program, you will have a register window. Please enter the registration code to get the full version.

Register TuneFab DVD Ripper

Step 2. Import DVD-5/9 Contents into PC

Put DVD 5/9 disc into your computer. Then go to TuneFab DVD Ripper. In the main interface, click the "Load" button to import DVD 5/9 contents from your computer.

Load Disc

Step 3. Configure Output Settings

There are mainly two output settings you need to configure before ripping, including output format and output folder. In the "Profile" drop-down list, you can select a format that suitable for your devices, such as MP4, WMV, and AVI. Click the "Browse" button, you can browse your computer and select an output folder to store the ripped movies.

Adjust your Output Settings

Step 4. Convert DVD 5/9 Contents

When settings are finished, click the "Convert" button. Then TuneFab DVD Ripper will rip the DVD and convert movies into selected formats.

Click to Convert

Now you know the differences between DVD-5 and DVD-9. If you have any question about this guide, feel free to ask us by leaving a comment below. Or if you know more about DVD-5 and DVD-9 and want to share with us, leave a comment now!

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