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Written by: Baris Inan
Written on: October 1st, 2000
Tags: entertainment, electrical engineering
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In Fall 2000, the author was a student at USC.
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Volume II Issue IV > The Digital Versatile Disks
Digital Versatile Disks are paving the way toward a new tomorrow in the entertainment industry. With DVDs, home entertainment is looking and sounding better. The digitalization of media offers many advantages to current storage methods. This technology outperforms magnetic recording in the presentation of audio and video quality and storage life. These and other features will make digitized media the standard for the future.

Introduction

Welcome to the 21st century, fittingly dubbed the "Digital Age." Technology pundits have guaranteed us that the mass digitalization of media will wow the senses. Judging from the stir Digital Versatile Discs have created, this is indeed the case. These Digital Versatile Disks, or DVDs for short, are contributing to the demise of the videocassette. Gone are the times of fast-forwarding to a favorite scene in a movie and manual tracking adjustments. Not only can we forget such annoyances, we also have the chance to view movies at a quality only paralleled in movie theaters. In short, the DVD has just revolutionized the idea of home entertainment. The DVD is an enhanced version of the compact disc, or CD, a technology that that has been around for more than a decade and is the current standard. Video on CD has been around as long as audio has, but storage limitations have prohibited this format from achieving similar popularity. Full-length movies of acceptable quality require more storage capacity than a CD affords. To understand how a DVD can hold more information than a CD, although identical in appearance, one must first consider how they are read.