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Dolby Digital

Short for digital versatile disc or digital video disc, a new type of CD-ROM that holds a minimum of 4.7GB (gigabytes), enough for a full-length movie.

The DVD specification supports disks with capacities of from 4.7GB to 17GB and access rates of 600KBps to 1.3 MBps. One of the best features of DVD drives is that they are backward-compatible with CD-ROMs. This means that DVD players can play old CD-ROMs, CD-I disks, and video CDs, as well as new DVD-ROMs. Newer DVD players can also read CD-R disks.

DVD uses MPEG-2 to compress video data.

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Outstanding Page DVD Overview
Outlines the technologies behind the large capacity successor to the CD, its various formats and the compatibility issues. Includes graphics, diagrams and an integrated glossary. This page is from "The PC Technology Guide." Updated on Aug 5, 1998

Outstanding Page DVD resource index
This site is an impressive index of Web-based resources and information related to DVD technology. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

Outstanding Page DVD technology white paper
Describes this new medium, suggests its possibilities and outlines the considerable technological achievements that have made it possible. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

Outstanding Page Latest DVD Developments
CNET Topic Center article with the latest news on DVD players, the technology, and resources, and an excellent collection of technical FAQs.

  DVD - the new optical disk format
Describes the DVD format, capacity, immediate future, cautionary notes, and links to DVD related Web resources. Updated on Oct 17, 1997

  DVD Express
Contains online ordering information for a large selection of DVD titles. Browse film categories or search for a specific title for film details, cover art, trailers and talent listings. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  DVD Forum
Home page of the DVD Forum, an ad-hoc association of hardware manufacturers, software firms, and other users of the DVD format. Includes links to news items, conferences, and founding companies.

  DVD general information page
Contains a simple description of DVD, describes the different DVD configurations, and shows an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) picture of DVD and CD pit structure. Updated on Jun 29, 1998

  DVD Insider
Provides daily news stories regarding the DVD industry as well an index of DVD, HDTV and MPEG articles. Also hosts an industry conference calendar and links for both consumer and industry research. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  DVD technical notes
Provides a comprehensive array of technical notes about DVD technology. Sections include: general, physical, applications, files, standard density CD, and other Web resources.

  Luminex home page
Luminex offers products that network CD-ROM drives and jukeboxes in Netware, UNIX, and multi-protocol environments. Their home page provides links to company, product and support information. Updated on Mar 19, 1998

  Sony's DVD page
This Sony page outlines information about the chronology, features, and technology of DVD development. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

  The CD Information Center's DVD FAQ
This is a FAQ describing various aspects of DVD technology and development. It provides a good overview of the major players bringing this technology to market, and what can be expected fromk this advancement in technology. Updated on Feb 26, 1998

  The DVD Digital Domain
Offers DVD hardware and software reviews, up-to-date technology information, articles, and a DVD FAQ. Updated on Feb 5, 1998

  Yahoo!'s DVD page
Yahoo!'s directory of DVD. Updated on Aug 4, 1998


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