CD-R/DVD Disc Recording Demystified by Lee Purcell

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While the bulk of the installed base is rapidly shifting from 12x and 16x drives to 24x and 32x drives (largely because of price reductions in high-performance equipment), you can never reliably count on the majority of your audience having high-performance CD-ROM drives. At this point in time, your best bet is to optimize your CD-ROM production to perform at its best on a 12x drive. This may handicap you in some ways, but it will also challenge you to find the best techniques to keep data barrelling through the pipe.

Although they are immune to magnetic fields (since the data is not stored in a magnetic format), discs can be damaged by rough handling or extreme conditions. Most data formats include coded information that can fill in data bytes lost to scratches or debris, but discs can still be rendered unreadable by abusive treatment. The long-term archival properties of the medium are subject to the perils of oxidation, although this is more of a factor in commercially produced discs with their aluminum data layer, rather than CD-R one-offs with their gold reflective layer.

The industry fracas that resulted from their actions fragmented the development efforts of several companies and has required years of diplomacy and negotiation to reach a point where viable DVD products could be introduced into the marketplace. The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) played a key role in furthering the DVD design process by devising the Universal Disk Format (UDF) to serve as a fully cross-platform file system. By gaining the cooperation of the principal companies involved in the technology— including Sony, Philips, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Sun, Pioneer, Thompson, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and Matsushita—a solid bridge was created to bring the computer industry and the television/movie industry one step closer to settling differences.

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