The quality of DVD-Video

DVD has the capability to produce near-studio-quality video and better-than-CD-quality audio. DVD is vastly superior to consumer videotape and generally better than laserdisc (see 2.7.). However, quality depends on many production factors. As compression experience and technology improves we see increasing quality, but as production costs decrease and DVD authoring software becomes widely available we also see more shoddily produced discs. A few low-budget DVDs even use MPEG-1 encoding (which is no better t...

DVD stands for…

All of the following have been proposed as the words behind the letters DVD. Delayed, very delayed (referring to the many late releases of DVD formats) Diversified, very diversified (referring to the proliferation of recordable formats and other spinoffs) Digital venereal disease (referring to piracy and copying of DVDs) Dead, very dead (from naysayers who predicted DVD would never take off) Digital video disc (the original meaning proposed by some of DVD's creators) Digital versatile disc (a meaning later ...

What is DVD?

DVD is movies on a shiny disc, and much more. It's an optical disc storage technology for video, audio, and computer data. DVD is essentially a bigger, faster CD that can hold high-quality digital video, better-than-CD audio, pictures, and any other sort of digital information. DVD encompasses home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format. It replaced laserdisc, videotape, many video game cartridge formats, and many CD-ROM applications. DVD has widespread support from ...