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Mindblower
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August 9, 2010 - 4:01 pm
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Here's something that's driving me batty. When using any movie player (software on the computer), and hitting the pause, is there any problem if you accidentally leave it in this position for a lengthy time (screen saver kicks in, and etc..)? Most VCR's had a time out feature, but DVD players do not. Any comments, Mindblower!

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Um - outside of memory / cpu usage (it will continue to hold and/or use both while paused) I can't think of anything.

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So outside what you mentioned, there in NO damage to the image file (right?). I have a program which monitors my memory and clears (resets), so no problem there. Hard disk is on most of the time (monitor shuts it self off), so it's good news, Mindblower!

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No problems what so ever!

In the old VHS (tape) days there was a physical connection between the tape and video head (reader). Leaving the machine in pause kept the head spinning which caused wear on both the tape and head.

DVD's are digital and the disk is read by a laser so there is no physical contact with the disk so no damage to the file/medium. Leaving a player in pause would cause the disk to remain spinning so playback could continue once unpaused. This could cause added wear to the motor.

Files on your computer are similar to DVD's, but the difference here is (under most circumstances) the files are stored on a hard drive, which is spinning all the time anyway, so no additional wear on the drive. The drive does not have a physical connection to the read/write heads so no damage to the file.

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August 13, 2010 - 8:55 am
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Right, the file itself is not impacted by leaving it paused for long periods of time.

I've heard leaving DVDs paused for too long can damage the disc as the laser is continuously reading the disc. I cannot verify that though.

Digital files are just like any other file, and the length of time they remain open is irrelevant.

And to add to Dave's point, once the file is loaded into RAM (Memory), it won't read from the Hard Disk again until the buffer begins to empty out.

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Thanks for the extended clarification. Knew this was the place for answers, Mindblower!

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