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Chapter 13. DVDs, VCDs, and Beyond > DVDs: Digital Versatile Discs

DVDs: Digital Versatile Discs

It seems as though every generation has its technological leap forward, and it is usually rooted in the entertainment industry. When home video was first introduced in the 1980s, VHS and Beta represented the state of the art videotape formats. By the late 1980s, the VHS cassette emerged as king. All this changed in the mid-1990s with the medium that redefined the industry—DVD (often referred to as Digital Video Disk, DVD actually stands for Digital Versatile Disk).

Recordable DVDs for Everyone

On January 9, 2001, Apple announced their latest software, iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. These software packages, one a free application installed on Mac’s new G4 with SuperDrive, and the other available for purchase, were the first applications available for low-cost (under $1000) home creation of DVDs. (iDVD was free; DVD Studio Pro was $999.) Both applications offered the public the ability to create professional-looking DVDs for playback on standard DVD players. Overnight, the industry changed. Single-handedly, Apple brought the cost of DVD-R (DVD-Recordable) discs down from $25 to $10 per disc and, not much later, to $5.


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