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Bjorn Aas <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 21:33:17 +0100
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At 13:50 19.11.96 -0600, Don Larsson wrote:
>I have been hearing off and on for some time that a new digital video system
>is in the works.
It is called DVD (Digital Versatile Disc), and after a year of struggle with
the fear of copyright breeches when the day comes that DVD also can record,
the black boxes should hit the streets i time before the Xmas rush.
>Some questions, for those who might know:
>1) Is this disk yet available and what is needed to run it (laserdisk machine,
>CD-ROM, other?)?
Of course, a new box ($$$$ to someone). But it can be used as a part of your
home cinema, replacing the CD-player in your stereo setup, or be mounted in
your computer. That's the *versatile* argument.
>2) What are its actual capabilities for the amount of visual and audio
> information it contains?
In computer terms 8-9GB of data initially, 16-18GB in later models. With
suitable compression methods, DVD will accommodate a full length movie with
several different languages on the audio tracks.
>3) How does the image itself compare to other modes--tape, laserdisc, quicktime
>on CR-ROM, etc?
Pictorial quality on the proposed compression techniques will be between VHS
and LD. Film buffs will hold on to LD as long as possible, but video rentals
will probably soon switch to DVD. It is positioned to take over for CD-ROM
with its 10-30 times more of storage space. And read-write models are around
some corners (legal corners mostly).
>Thanks for any input.
You are welcome...
Bjorn Aas, TV-lecturer, Danvik Folkehogskole, N-3046 Drammen, Norway
             (Danvik School of Media and Communication)
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