67DVD Flavors:What’s the Deal with DVDCompatibility?


Roger B. Wyatt





Good-bye, stretched tapes and dropouts—hello, pristine digital images, generation after generation. With the right hardware and software you can simply burn an edited project to DVD with the click of a mouse. Sound like a dream? It’s not. The first affordable DVD recording devices are already in stores, in mail-order catalogs and on the Net. While first generation units were in the $5,000 range, today’s recorders list for under $1,000, with street prices below $800.

Unfortunately, there is more to DVD than meets the eye. When DVD manufacturers told us that the initials “DVD” stood for “digital versatile disc,” they weren’t kidding. The recordable standards vying for ...

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