Doug Carson & Associates on Monday announced that the first 3X
DVD-ROM disc was mastered & replicated at Sonopress? North Carolina
facility using DCA?s MIS 8.5 DVD formatter software last weekend.
The title was produced through a partnership with Sonic Solutions,
the leader in authoring products.
3X DVD-ROM is a variant of DVD-ROM, allowing for HD video & UDF 2.5
on the DVD format. It is a dual-layer, red laser DVD featuring a
9.4GB capacity as existing DVD discs. It optionally supports the
AACS copy protection, and it is able to hold high definition
content in VC-1 or AV-C formats. Bringing the higher data rate of
HD DVD to the conventional format allows 135 minutes of HD content
to be placed on a DVD ROM, using AVC or VC-1 codecs. However, the
3X DVD-ROM discs are played back in HD DVD players, and they lack
of the additional interactive features of the Blue-laser HD DVD.
Several manufacturers are looking to 3X DVD-ROM as a low cost entry
into the HD video market.
DCA?s MIS 8.5 DVD formatter software includes full support for
standard DVD formats, as well as 3X DVD-ROM, including AACS & media
marks necessary for the 3X variant.
In related news, Eclipse Data Technologies has announced that it is
offering free upgrades to its formatters that will allow their
customers to master 3X DVD titles using the Eclipse ImageEncoder
DVD glass mastering formatter.