by Rob Boirun for BurnWorld.com
Blu-Ray Technology Secrets
Blu-Ray Tech Primer V2: The Facts
We published a primer a few weeks ago about the differences between Blu-Ray and DVD formats that really delved into what really made them diffrent. You might understand that the Blu-ray technology has the advantage over standard DVD in terms of storage and technological advancement and related intrigue, there are still some facts that seem to escape the knowledge of the common man. These are facts that this short article aims to drive home and perhaps should be viewed as somewhat of a laser beam focus on Blu-Ray to go alongside the primer mentioned previously. A Primer v2, if you will.
First Things First
It is called Blu-ray, isn’t it? As has been mentioned countless times, the Blu in Blu-ray is a reference to the colour “blue”; that being the colour of the blue-violet laser that – instead of the previously more common red – is used to read the data from the Blu-ray storage medium. The ray is a reference to “optical ray”, but that is already regarded as common knowledge as well. What a lot of people do not know/understand and subsequently write/spell incorrectly is that one should not refer to the tech as being “Blue-ray” as this “blue” (like the color of the ocean on MSC cruises) does not adequately refer to the name of the tech (even if it is the laser color), it’s technically Blu-ray through and through.
Developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, they’re pretty keen for people to get the spelling and terms of their technology down correctly. It should be known that the “e” is intentionally left off in order for a trademark to be registered and established. This also ties into the “Blu-ray Disc” title being the correct way to refer to the storage medium, as opposed to “disk”, which is technically incorrect. Along with this, the appropriate abbreviation is “BD” and not “BRD” or “BR”.
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