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MiniDVD (also Mini DVD or miniDVD) is a DVD disc which is 8 centimetres (3.15 in) in diameter. It refers two separated formats as well. One is a pseudo-format that uses 80mm CD-R(W) to store contents with the same structure as the standard DVD-Video so that standalone DVD players can play it like standard DVD. The other format is a real DVD format, but in a smaller 80mm size, which holds 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.
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 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii. However, the Wii U (which can only run its own software and Wii discs) does not.
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
- Blu-ray Disc
- CD Video
- DVD card
- HD DVD
- Nintendo optical discs
- Universal Media Disc (UMD)
- Video CD (VCD)
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