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08-09-2002, 08:23 AM
Thursday August 8, 9:30 am Eastern Time
Press Release
DVD+RW Alliance Announces Higher Speed Specification for DVD Recording

4x Recording Speed, 8cm Media Specification -- DVD+RW/+R Remains the Industry Leader for Consumers

LOVELAND, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 2002--The DVD+RW Alliance, a voluntary association of industry-leading personal computer manufacturers, optical storage and consumer electronics manufacturers today announced the specifications for 4x DVD+R recording speeds and for 8cm DVD+RW/+R media. A first in the industry for speed and compatibility, these specification enhancements further solidify DVD+RW/+R as the industry leading consumer format for data and video applications.

"Anticipating future end-users' needs, DVD+RW/+R specifications have been designed from the start to offer the highest compatibility and performance for both consumer video recording and PC applications," said Maureen Weber, general manager, HP Optical Storage Solutions Business and spokesperson for the DVD+RW Alliance. "The addition of 4x write speed and support for 8cm media were the next logical steps in our roadmap to bring consumers increased performance and user-friendliness in DVD recording."

4x DVD+RW/+R Specification

DVD recorders and data drives designed to this specification will provide the ability to record at 44 megabits per second, taking less than 15 minutes to record a full capacity DVD+RW/+R disc. This added consumer convenience is testament to the strength of the DVD+RW/+R format and its ability to evolve and maintain industry leadership and innovation.

The 4x DVD+R specification is complete today with the 4x DVD+RW specification available before the end of this year.

8cm Media Specification

This new form factor allows new products to take advantage of the DVD+RW/+R format including mobile devices such as digital video cameras. Like 12cm discs, the new 8cm media specification is designed to enable compatibility with existing PCs with DVD-ROM and DVD players. With disc capacities of 1.46 gigabytes, users can benefit from the smaller form factor for data interchange applications.

About DVD+RW/+R

The DVD+RW/+R format is capable of recording up to 4.7 gigabytes of digital video, images or data. This equates to the storage capacity of seven CD-R/RWs and the potential to store thousands of digital photographs or approximately two to six hours of digital video. The primary benefit of DVD+RW/+R is its two-way compatibility, meaning that DVD+RW/+R media can be played in many DVD players and DVD-ROM drives in use today.

Get the whole article from HERE (http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/020808/80133_1.html). The short of it if you are too lazy to read the above:

4X dvd writers coming soon. BE mighty fast. Burn a DVD in under 15 mins. Also be able to burn the 8cm dvds, like those used on the GCN.

I wonder what impact this will have for piracy on the CGN?

08-09-2002, 02:02 PM
I still don't quite understand the difference between DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.

Which ones are the standard, can anyone explain?

xXx Beaver xXx
08-09-2002, 08:37 PM
None of them are standard right now, I would wait a while.

Ma, that is slooow! Compared to CD-RW burners! :)

- Triple X Beaver :spin smil

08-10-2002, 12:37 PM
Don't forget a 1X DVD is equivalent to a 12X CD-ROM, so 2X DVD-RW is really as fast as a 24X CD-RW.

08-10-2002, 06:21 PM
Exactly. Dont forget we are talking about burning 4.7 gigs in under 15 mins. Try Burning the same amount on CDRs and youll find you will take the same time, if not longer. I certainly wouldnt mind having a 4X dvdrw :p

xXx Beaver xXx
08-16-2002, 04:14 AM
Yeh, I guess so. But I would still wait a while.

- Triple X Beaver:spin smil

08-16-2002, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by Seska
Exactly. Dont forget we are talking about burning 4.7 gigs in under 15 mins. Try Burning the same amount on CDRs and youll find you will take the same time, if not longer. I certainly wouldnt mind having a 4X dvdrw :p

What kind of computer you need to use a 2X or 4X DVD-R? Like a Pentium 4 2.0G?

08-17-2002, 07:52 AM
Buning Cds and DVDs has little to do with processing power. As long as you have a decently fast hd, the rest takes care of itself.

xXx Beaver xXx
08-18-2002, 12:17 AM
Very good words from a good man, Seska.

Yeh, CPU doesn't matter much at all with burning stuff.

- Triple X Beaver :spin smil

08-19-2002, 01:42 AM
It really depends. If you have a SCSI CDRW, burning a CD would only take less than 10% of the CPU Processing power, but if you have an IDE CDRW, it will take as much as 40% of the CPU processing power, depending on the writing speed. Therefore if you are running mulitple applications while burning a CD, you will have a much higher chance to toast your CD... (unless you have burn-proof on your CDRW).

08-19-2002, 02:49 AM
Since nowadays pretty much all cdrws come woth a large buffer and anti-coaster protection, its nigh on impossible to ake your cd burning program fail to burn the cd, short of resetting your pc. So you should do fine with most any cpu.