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Time for DVD!

Now is the right time to go DVD, thanks to the convergence of some very neat technologies that make this new video and data standard a real pleasure.

If you're like the majority of computer users I know, still without a DVD ROM drive, or a DVD home player; then you're missing out on so much! Now is the right time to go DVD, thanks to the convergence of some very neat technologies that make this new video and data standard a real pleasure.
As was the case with previous 'revolutions', such as the launch of the VCR and the compact disc (CD), it's taking time for DVD to spread; but, you may be surprised to know that it's being adopted much faster. Possibly, because people have changed and are now more receptive to technological innovations.

Studies show that DVD players have been adopted by consumers five times faster than the CD and thirteen times faster than the VCR. The DVD market is mostly made up of read-only drives on PCs and, similarly, read-only video players in homes.

However, that's all set to change now with the introduction of less expensive read/write units. In fact, if these units keep on getting cheaper it is estimated that 50 percent of DVD hardware sold by 2005 will be recordable.

So what's driving this DVD revolution? A number of things, all of which characterize entertainment in today's digital age.

You can use a DVD home unit to watch video discs, the best quality you'll ever see of recorded movies, and listen to your regular audio CD collection.

If you've got a DVD drive on your PC it gets more interesting! Not only can you do the above, but you can also use your regular data CD collection. But the real beauty of using DVD on PC is just emerging, thanks to audio and video 'manipulation and editing' applications. A good example are the new 'DVD to MP3' programs which allow users to port DVD audio into compressed MP3 format. With Dolby Digital sound, 320 bit rates, and quality-control features for solid recording and playback, your music couldn't sound better.

For music enthusiasts, who pay attention to the technical details of a recorded track, there are additional features which include EDC positioning, standard 16 band EQ, and left and right audio channel meters. More importantly, is the impact that Recordable DVD units will have on home entertainment; allowing users to record their own DVDs from televisions, camcorders, and PCs and play the disc on all existing and future DVD-Video and DVD-ROM equipment. DVD Rewritable (RW) discs are interchangeable between PC and TV platforms, which means that consumers can record something with their camcorder, copy it onto a DVD+RW disc, edit it on a PC and play it back on existing DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. This is quite a breakthrough because of the compatibility issues that 'slowed down' DVD's launch.

It took some time for the typical Digital Video Disc, with a storage space of 4.7 Gigabyte, to work flawlessly across PC and TV formats. Today, however, that's all in the past. If DVD continues to develop, it's installed user base will hit the estimated figure of 160 million for the year 2001 and exponentially grow in years to come. Go DVD! I know I will.

Zeid Nasser
The Star

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