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Qweas software reviews Blu Ray vs HD DVD

blu-ray-vs-hd-dvd Are you pondering the issue of Blu-ray versus HD DVD? The format battle between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD is also the battle between Blu Ray Player vs HD DVD Player.

Both Blu-ray and HD DVD use the same type of 405 nm wavelength blue-violet laser, but their optics aren’t quite the same. First, the Blue-ray disc has a tighter track pitch, so it can hold more information. Additionally, blu-ray discs are expensive because they have a thinner surface layer thickness than both HD DVDs and conventional DVDs. Therefore, a hard coating called Durabis must be adhered to Blu-ray discs in order to protect the data contained just 0.1 millimeters underneath.

Simply put, Blu-ray is more expensive, but the discs store five times more information than conventional DVDs. So, each of them have their own strength at the present time, which arouses the war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD.

What's the advantages of Blu-ray?

Image quality: Superior resolution is a big part of what makes Blu-ray look great. You'll see a more detailed image: more clearly defined strands of hair, wrinkles in clothing, etc. The technical difference is that Blu-ray's maximum resolution is 1,920x1,080 (1080p), while DVD is limited to 720x480 (480p). Beyond resolution, Blu-ray also uses better video-compression methods, resulting in more contrast and richer colors. If you like the way HD from your cable or satellite provider looks, Blu-ray looks even better. It's the highest-quality video format available today, and in some ways it surpasses the picture quality of your local movie theater, especially when shown on a good-performing HDTV or projector.

Audio quality: Audio quality is also improved. New high-resolution soundtrack formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, are essentially identical to the studio master, so you'll be hearing things exactly as the director and audio engineers intended.

Special features: Blu-ray also has additional special features over DVD. The most basic innovation is the pop-up menu, which allows you to access the menu functions while the movie continues playing. Other innovations include picture-in-picture video commentary and the ability to download new content right from your Blu-ray player, although your player needs to have the right Blu-ray profile to access these features. The special features on Blu-ray have mostly been underwhelming and aren't a good reason to upgrade.

What's the disadvantages of Blu-ray?

Cost: Blu-ray's main drawback is cost. Prices for players are still generally over $200 and movies cost about $25. While the one-time cost of a player isn't that bad, the cost of building up a new Blu-ray library really adds up. At least it's possible to pick and choose which movies you "buy Blu," since every Blu-ray player can also play standard DVDs.

Available titles: Another downside is that the number of titles on Blu-ray is still much smaller than DVD. There are currently about 970 Blu-ray titles available, compared with more than 90,000 on DVD. Depending on your taste in movies, you may only find a few movies you actually like available on Blu-ray.

Load times: When Blu-ray first came out, load times were unbearable; it could take more than 3 minutes to load a movie. Since then, players have gotten much faster, but they still don't compare with the speed of loading a DVD. While simple Blu-ray movies can load in about 20 seconds on a good Blu-ray player, movies with complex menus still take close to a minute and a half to get to the actual movie, regardless of the player.

Portability: Lastly, if you start buying Blu-ray movies, you may get frustrated that your new movies won't work in places where you only have a standard DVD player. For example, if your bedroom only has a DVD player, you won't be able to watch the second half of your new Blu-ray Disc from the comfort of your bed. Or if you have a car with a built-in DVD player, your new Blu-ray Discs won't work there, either.

Blu Ray vs HD DVD | HD DVD and Blu-ray comparison

Storage Capacity:
25 GB (single layer), 50 GB (double layer)
15 GB (single layer), 30 GB (double layer)
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), and VC-1
VC-1, H.264, and MPEG-2
Laser wavelength:
405 nm (blue-violet laser)
405 nm (blue-violet laser)
Numerical Aperture:
Video Playback Time (SD with MPEG2 at 5 Mbit/s):
22.2 hours
13.3 hours
Video Playback Time (HD with MPEG2 at 20 Mbit/s):
5.6 hours
3.3 hours
Video Playback Time (HD with AVC or VC-1 at 13 Mbit/s):
8.5 hours
5.1 hours
Maximum Bitrate (Raw data):
53.95 Mbit/s
36.55 Mbit/s
Maximum Bitrate (Audio+Video):
48 Mbit/s
30.24 Mbit/s
Maximum Bitrate (Video):
40 Mbit/s
29.4 Mbit/s
Blu-Ray Disc Java
HDi Interactive Format
Maximum video resolution:
1920×1080 24p or 50/60i HDTV
1920×1080 24/25/30p or 50/60i HDTV
Region Code:
3 Regions
Region free
Hardcoating of disc:
Content protection system:
AACS-128bit / BD+
Mandatory video codecs:
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) / VC-1 / MPEG-2
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) / VC-1 / MPEG-2
Dolby Digital audio codec:
Mandatory @ 640 kbit/s
DTS audio codec:
Mandatory @ 1.5 Mbit/s
Dolby Digital Plus audio codec:
Optional @ 1.7 Mbit/s
DTS-HD High Resolution audio codec:
Optional @ 6.0 Mbit/s
Linear PCM audio codec:
Dolby TrueHD audio codec:
DTS-HD Master audio codec:

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