Whir, Zoom, Buzzzzzzzz.
With the farce of the so-called ‘next gen’ format war finally over this week (we didn’t care who won, just that someone ”did”) it’s nice to return to something so relatively straightforward as DVD…
Proving that an old dog can still learn new tricks is dual layer DVD+R which for the first time can now be burnt at 16x meaning burn times for up to 8.5GB of data are slashed to just 10 minutes. If you don your very best maths hat that may tell you it’s half the amount of time required to write the same amount of information on the more typical 8x DVD+R DL discs.
Let me tell you, there’s plenty that can be done with those extra 10 minutes (if you get my meaning…), plenty that can be done ”twice” *wink, wink, nudge, niudge*. Wait. Hang on…
Anyway, for those who don’t know just what you can do with 8.5GB of data (you clearly don’t irritate the MPAA enough) it equates to roughly four hours of DVD quality video or well in excess of 80 hours audio (unless you encode at a bitrate where only dogs can hear the difference).
Chatting about the breakthrough, Jacob van der Hoeven, the company’s manager of commercial strategy, said: “Traxdata is pleased to bring yet another market first to Europe with the DVD+R DL 16x. As the usage of digital content becomes more widespread, more and more users are demanding larger storage capacities to meet their storage needs. Double Layer optical media is experiencing solid market growth and the introduction of higher burning speeds makes this media an even more appealing format for storage of large digital files or for small business and home business needs.”
Now in truth I’m not a great fan of optical media being more of a memory key/ultra portable HDD follower, but if you still get a thrill from hearing the thunderous buzz of your DVD drive going king crazy you’d be pushed to beat these beauties…
They’re on sale immediately in boxes of five from the link below.