MiniDVD

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This article is about 8 cm DVDs. For other uses, see MiniDVD (disambiguation).
Conventional 12cm disc (left) compared to 8cm disc (right)

MiniDVD (Mini DVD or miniDVD) is a DVD disc which is 8 cm in diameter. Most MiniDVDs hold 1.4 GB of data, but there are variants that hold up to 5.2 GB.

The 8 cm optical disc format was originally used for music CD singles, hence the commonly used names CD single and miniCD. Similarly, the manufactured 8 cm DVDs were originally used for music videos and as such became known as DVD single.

MiniDVD is known also as "3 inch DVD", referring to its approximate diameter in inches.

MiniDVD support[edit]

A MiniDVD can be played back in most Blu-ray and DVD players that are tray loaded. The trays on players and DVD drives have an inner ring where the 8 cm disc is centered for loading in the player. Most slot loading players cannot use this format; there are exceptions, however, such as the PlayStation 3 and the Wii, but not the Wii U. Both officially support 8 cm discs.

MiniDVD capacities[edit]

Recordable 8 cm discs are commonly used in DVD-based camcorders. The most common MiniDVDs hold 1.4 GB of data, but there are variants that can offer up to 5.2 GB of storage space.

Physical size Single layer capacity Dual/Double layer capacity
12 cm, single sided 4.7 GB 8.5 GB
12 cm, double sided 9.4 GB 17 GB
8 cm, single sided 1.4 GB 2.66 GB
8 cm, double sided 2.8 GB 5.2 GB

Variants of MiniDVD[edit]

Nintendo used a disc-based format for their GameCube system, which was a variant of an 8 cm DVD. This format is also supported by the Wii.

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