Nero Sees [Blu]ray of Light


There’s a big war starting next year between next gen media Blu-ray and HD DVD, but Nero doesn’t care because it’s going to support both. It knows how to back a (likely) winner though, since Blu-ray support is now part of Nero 6 Reloaded months ahead of schedule.

Consequently, Nero now describes its software as a “CD/DVD/Blue Laser burning solution” and has also added Blu-ray playback to its ShowTime 2 programme. What is perhaps most impressive about the announcement, however, it that the company is not simply talking about basic recording (BD-R), it has figured out a “pseudo-overwrite” technique for BD-R discs (in advance of BD-RW availability) and made the media compatible with its InCD packet writing (drag and drop) technology.


Incidentally, if you’re interested (and you know you love it), the difference between Blu-ray technology and current optical disc technologies such as DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, and DVD-RAM is that it uses a more precise blue-violet laser with a shorter wavelength (405nm) than the red laser (650nm) used in today’s media. As a result, it is possible to focus the laser spot with greater precision allowing data to be packed more tightly and stored in less space. The result: far more capacity (4.7-8.5GB verses 25-100GB+) on the same size disc.

So, now the science is over, you’ll want to know when you can get it? Unfortunately it is another case of chicken before the egg, since Blu-ray doesn’t come onto the market before early 2006. Until then Nero will understandably hold this extra functionality back, but it is good to know it knuckled down, got the bit is between its teeth, put the wheels in motion and now everything is in place since the News Editor has run out of metaphors.


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