DVD VS. DIVX

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DVD VS. DIVX

Consumer Product Investigation

The 1990’s have seen a have boost in consumer electronic sales. Families are
now able to purchase former big ticket items such as computers for under $800.00 and
VCR’s for under $100.00. Prices for these product have fallen dramatically due to
consumer usage and competition. In addition it is also common place to find individuals
hooking up their stereo to their televisions and VCR’s, and adding surround sound
systems. This phenomenon in consumer electronic viewing habits has triggered the buzz
word of the “Home Theatre”. With all of these great sound systems out there people are
wanting to utilize them as well as get better cleaner crisper video signals through their
television. In just over a year the consumer technology DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) has
made huge wages in the consumer home video market.
This paper will explore the benefits of DVD as well as explore some the technical
possibilities that are made available to consumers with DVD. It will also look at the
latest features of DVD, DIVX (Digital Video Express) and let the reader make the
decision if it’s an option that is really all that necessary.
DVD is a relatively new format, but it has made a huge impact in the consumer
video market since it’s relapse only a year ago. DVD is DVD, which stands for Digital
Video Disc, Digital Versatile Disc, or nothing, depending on whom you ask, is the next
generation of optical disc storage technology. It's essentially a bigger, faster CD that can
hold video as well as audio and computer data. DVD aims to encompass home
entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format,
eventually replacing audio CD, videotape, laserdisc, CD-ROM, and perhaps even video
game cartridges. DVD has widespread support from all major electronics companies, all
major computer hardware companies, and about half of the major movie and music
studios, which is unprecedented and says much for its chances of success. Some of the
benefits of DVD are an individual DVD can store over 2 hours of high-quality digital
video (over 8 on a double-sided, dual-layer disc).Support for widescreen movies on
standard or widescreen TVs (4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios). You can also have up to 8
tracks of digital audio (for multiple languages, DVS, etc.), each with as many as 8
channels, up to 32 subtitle/karaoke tracks, automatic "seamless" branching of video (for
multiple story lines ...

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