The first 3X DVD-ROM has been successfully produced
DCA (Doug Carson & Associates, Inc.) announced that the first 3X DVD-ROM was successfully mastered and replicated at a North Carolina facility on Saturday, January 17, 2007 using MIS 8.5 DVD formatter software.
So what the heck is 3X DVD-ROM?
A dual layer, pressed, DVD-ROM variant.
Total capacity ~8.5GB.
UDF 2.5 file structure.
HD video using AVC or VC-1 codecs.
Must be played in an HD DVD player.
3X DVD-ROM was dead before it was born
This has to be one of the most useless formats I have seen in a long time. This format is going no where fast. It can NOT be played back on standard DVD players, yet they are calling it a “DVD-ROM variant”. Due to the limited capacity, it will be limited to lower resolutions such as 720p. It will cost more to author compared to a standard DVD. It will have to compete with HD DVD, can only be played on HD DVD players and will be much less attractive than real HD DVD media. Say hello and goodbye to 3X DVD-ROM, because we won’t be seeing much of it ever again…
Update: I fixed some incorrect details in the article.
Update2: Apparently 3X DVD-ROM is an official DVD Forum format. I removed sentences from the original article that suggested otherwise.