Category Archives: Glossary & FAQs

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What is DTS and its relationship with Dolby Digital?

Jun 24th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,166 views |Comments Off

DTS is s product of DTS, Inc., it stands for Digital Theater Systems Digital Sound. DTS is a multichannel audio compression format similar to Dolby Digital used in DVD-video discs, DVD-audio, 5.1 channel audio CDs, and some movie theaters.
DTS differs from Dolby Digital in that it generally uses higher data rates and many have the opinion that DTS is better quality. Read More »

The difference between DVD+R and DVD+RW

Jun 24th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,101 views |Comments Off

What is the difference between DVD+R and DVD+RW? There are three key points:

DVD+R is a non-rewritable format and it is compatible with about 89% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD+RW is a rewritable format and is compatible with about 79% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs. Read More »

What is 1080i and 1080p?

Jun 22nd, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,630 views |Comments Off

1080i and 1080p are the shorthand name for two category of video modes. The number 1080 stands for 1080 lines of vertical resolution, while the letter i stands for interlaced or non-progressive scan, the letter p stands for progressive scan or non-interlaced. Read More »

What is MP3 ID3 Tag and ID3?

Jun 21st, 2010by dvdxplayer 1,748 views |Comments Off

We all know MP3, but not everyone konws MP3 ID3 Tag, or ID3, here is an explanation:

An MP3 ID3 Tag is information stored at the end of an MP3 file. The tag can contain information about the Title/Songname, Read More »

Converting VCD to DVD

Jun 18th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,081 views |2 Comments

Because VCD files use an MPEG-1 format very similar to the MPEG-1 allowed by DVD, most times it’s a simple matter of extracting the MPEG-1 files and using them in a DVD authoring program.

However, please note this simple method requires cooperation with your DVD player as the sequence headers and GOP lengths of VCD are not as controlled as the ones in the DVD specification. Read More »

What’s a TBC?

Jun 16th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,166 views |Comments Off

While anybody not living in a cave since the late 1970s knows a VCR is a video cassette recorder, many of you are probably asking what a TBC is. TBC is the shorthand name for a Time Base Corrector, a device that adjusts the signal for proper video playback, often seen as “cleaning” the video. Read More »

Introduction of HD-DVD and Blu-ray

Jun 13th, 2010by dvdxplayer 3,083 views |Comments Off

HD-DVD and Blu-ray are heralded as the successor to the current DVD technology. Blu-ray and HD-DVD have both been developed to enable recording, playback and rewriting of high definition video and data. The key to these technologies is the blue-violet laser that is used to write the data to the disc. Read More »

Macrovision Killers

Jun 11th, 2010by dvdxplayer 4,071 views |Comments Off

For those VHS movies that are not currently on DVD or may not be anytime soon, you can try using a Macrovision Killer, which is a box that is placed between a VCR and DVD recorder (or VCR and VCR).

However, in the case of DVD Recorder/VCR combo, you need to check if the VCR section has its own set of outputs and if the DVD recorder section has its own set of inputs and that if the VCR can play at the same time the DVD recorder is recording, independent of the internal VHS-to-DVD dubbing function. Read More »

What is VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS?

Jun 09th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,046 views |Comments Off

The UDF file name used for DVD-Video directory on a DVD disc volume. Files under this directory name contain pointers to the sectors on the disc which hold the program streams.
. BUP = Backup files of the IFO files.
. IFO = The IFO files includes information such as chapters, subtitle tracks and audio tracks.
. VOB = The VOB files contains the actual video,audio,subtitles and menus. Read More »

How to show widescreen movies on standard televisions

Jun 08th, 2010by dvdxplayer 2,137 views |Comments Off

In order to show these widescreen films so that they fill the entire screen on a traditional 4×3 TV, they are re-edited in a Pan-and-Scan format, with an attempt to include as much as the original image as possible. To illustrate this, take an example where two characters are talking to each other, but each is standing on opposite sides of a widescreen image. If shown full screen on a traditional TV without further editing, all the viewer would see would be the empty space between the characters. Read More »