Called hDVD, the new format expands DVD beyond standard definition video to include any of the 18 ATSC video formats, including 1080i and 720p.
hDVD represents a major breakthrough for studios looking to begin deploying High-Definition content today," said Christopher Kryzan, Senior Vice-president of Marketing and Engineering at Sonic Solutions. "Working with RAVISENT we have extended the DVD format to include the exceptional video quality of 1080i or 720p MPEG-2 HDTV content in our extensive line of authoring tools."
About hDVD Authoring
An extension to DVD, the most popular consumer format of all time, hDVD replaces standard-definition video with one or more of the High-Definition MPEG-2 video formats specified by the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC). With up to four times the resolution of standard DVD-Video titles, hDVD titles show off original film or video content with unprecedented realism.
To take advantage of the higher-resolution and higher bit-rate video material, Sonic Solutions will extend the DVD multiplexing and formatting engine used in Sonic DVD Creator, DVD Fusion and DVDit! to accept and author High-Definition MPEG-2 video content. Sonic plans to ship hDVD-ready authoring systems in July 2000.." NULL