What are Region Codes?

When DVDs were introduced, studios wanted the ability to combat piracy and control release dates throughout the world. As a result, region codes were developed. Region codes restrict where (what region of the world) a DVD can be viewed. Each area of the globe, or region, is assigned it’s own specific number or region code. The regions are as follows..Read more…

Designing Custom DVD Menus: Part II

DVDmenuIn Part I, we discussed some of the basics for designing DVD menus. In Part II, we’ll expand on these basics and by discussing some of the rules and tips that will help you create professional DVD menus.

Before the advent of desktop editing, graphics were created on specialized equipment specifically designed for video production. With the advances in video editing applications for the PC, you’re going to create all of your graphics on a computer. This presents a problem because applications like Photoshop weren’t designed to create graphics for video. Read more…

Designing Custom DVD Menus: Part I

DVD authoring software makes it easy to create and design template-based DVD menus. But many of those templates have limitations and drawbacks that may produce a less-than-acceptable DVD menu. At some point you may need to abandon templates and create your own custom designed menu. This may seem intimidating at first, but if you have the design talent, it’s really not difficult at all. Read more…

Blu-ray FAQ

Ready to jump into Blu-ray? Here is a brief FAQ to help you make an informed decision.
How does Blu-ray work? Larger capacity on Blu-ray discs is achieved through the use of a shorter wavelength laser as opposed the larger red laser used on SD DVDs. The blue laser allows BD to utilize smaller pits and lands than are used on SD DVDs. Pits and lands are the method by which information is stored on an optical disc. Because the pits and lands are smaller they can be placed closer together resulting in more information being stored on the same size disc. In conjunction with different optics and faster disc rotation, BD discs can store 5X more data than SD DVDs. Read more…