A report from DVD Forum Steering Committee in 1999 decreed that DVD, as an international standard, is simply three letters.Nevertheless, Toshiba Note: Most discs do not contain all features (multiple audio/subtitle tracks, seamless branching, parental control, etc.), as each feature must be specially authored. DVD has the capability to produce near-studio-quality video and better-than-CD-quality audio.DVD video is usually encoded from digital studio master tapes to MPEG-2 format.The encoding process uses lossy compression that removes redundant information (such as areas of the picture that don't change) and information that's not readily perceptible by the human eye.If you find something you think is in error, please let Jim know.There's plenty of other good information about DVD on the Internet.He writes articles and columns about DVD for publications such as Widescreen Review and serves as Chairman of the IDMA/DVD Association.
As MPEG compression technology improves, better quality is being achieved at lower rates.
Jim received the 2000 DVD Pro Discus Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, was named one of the 21 most influential DVD executives by DVD Report, was an inaugural inductee into the 2002 Digital Media Hall of Fame, and was named one of the Pioneers of DVD in the October 2003 issue of One to One magazine.
Jim has worked with interactive media for over 25 years, developing educational software, laserdiscs, CD-ROMs, Web sites, and DVDs, along with teaching workshops, seminars, and university courses.
Since you asked, here are the stats as of March 2009: Size: 598 KB Number of words: 69,767 Number of external links: 1,978 If you're wondering why it's all in one big piece instead of broken into smaller pieces that would load faster, the main reason is so you can use the find feature of your browser to easily search the entire FAQ. 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.
I realize this causes problems with Web TV browsers. DVD encompasses home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format.