What Is DVD?

This section provides a quick summary about DVD (Digital Video Disc).

DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is the next generation of optical disc storage media format. A DVD has the same physical dimensions as a normal CD. But a DVD can store more than 6 times of data comparing to a normal CD.

DVDs are produced in two physical sizes: 120 mm, 12 cm or 4.72 inches and 80 mm, 8cm or 3.15 inches.

Digital data may be recorded on a DVD in 4 different ways resulting different capacities:

DVD can be used to store data, audio, or video data with different file directory structures. But they all share the same common formatting characteristics:

One popular type of DVD is called DVD-Video, which is to store high quality video data, movies. See next section for details.

Another type of DVD is called DVD-Audio, which is to store high quality audio data, music and songs.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

 Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

 VCD (Video CD) Standard

DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

What Is DVD?

 What Is DVD-Video?

 DVD Video (Movie) File Directory Structure

 "Big Fish" - Movie DVD File Directory

 Playing Movie DVD with Windows Media Player

 Copying VOB Files - Copy Protection Error

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

 MPlayer - The Movie Player

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

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