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Summary

After all that, let's run down the top reasons why DVD is a great video format for consumers and creative professionals.

  • DVD is the most popular consumer format in history and promises to be the format leader for training, education, archiving, and promotional applications, or for any projects that require high-quality video content delivery.

  • DVD delivers high-quality video on portable and durable discs.

  • Consumer DVD players are inexpensive.

  • DVDs have much higher storage capacity than any other consumer media.

  • Consumer DVDs are relatively inexpensive to produce. There are several different variations on the DVD format, but DVD-R and DVD+R are the most common consumer formats and can hold up to 4.37 GB of data.

  • DVD discs play back on a wide variety of consumer devices from TVs to computers to video game consoles.

  • MPEG-2 video compression makes large video files much smaller without losing image quality.

  • DVD can include interactivity. Menus allow for non-linear navigation of video and thematically unify the various parts of a DVD.

  • DVD presents unlimited creative opportunities for menu design.

  • Cost of DVD authoring software and hardware has become affordable for the masses, and prices continue to drop.

  • DVD technology is evolving and will allow more video to fit on a disc with high-definition quality in the future.


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