Affordable DVD recordable drives and video recorders are now available.
When DVD-Recorders first appeared they were very expensive and suitable only for professional use such as in authoring studios for testing single layer titles before mastering.
During 2001, lower priced drives started to appear, in particular for DVD-R general use and DVD-RAM media. Hardware prices below 50 are now commonplace and these should fall further.
Another important development is the introduction of drives for PCs that write multiple formats.
Video recorders and camcorders using DVD-RAM and DVD-RW/+RW media have also appeared and are now less expensive compared with VHS or DV hardware.