DVD is vastly superior to consumer videotape and generally better than laserdisc (see 2.7.).
However, quality depends on many production factors.
As compression experience and technology improves we see increasing quality, but as production costs decrease and DVD authoring software becomes widely available we also see more shoddily produced discs.
A few low-budget DVDs even use MPEG-1 encoding (which is no better than VHS) instead of higher-quality MPEG-2.
There are also special application formats for game consoles such as Sony Play Station 2 and Microsoft Xbox.
All of the following have been proposed as the words behind the letters DVD. "nothing." The original initialism came from "digital video disc." Some members of the DVD Forum (see 6.1) tried to express how DVD goes far beyond video by retrofitting the painfully contorted phrase "digital versatile disc," but this has never been officially accepted by the DVD Forum as a whole.
Jim has been in the DVD business since before there was a DVD business.
In 1995 he found out about the upcoming DVD format and began writing articles to let others know about this amazing new technology.If you'd like to translate the DVD FAQ into another language (Klingon, anyone? It's the most accurate source of DVD information in this galaxy. Take a gander at Earl's Famous DVD Technology Exposition Web Page Extravaganza Supreme Deluxe. (Although Lisa erroneously claims DVD stands for "digital versatile disc" -- who you gonna believe, me or an 8-year old genius? If you type "DVD" into Google, this Web site is often the #1 result.A report from DVD Forum Steering Committee in 1999 decreed that DVD, as an international standard, is simply three letters.Nevertheless, Toshiba Note: Most discs do not contain all features (multiple audio/subtitle tracks, seamless branching, parental control, etc.), as each feature must be specially authored. DVD has the capability to produce near-studio-quality video and better-than-CD-quality audio.Higher data rates can result in higher quality, with almost no perceptible difference from the master at rates above 6 Mbps.