2.3 inches DVD and other random thoughts...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by srobert, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. srobert macrumors 68020

    srobert

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    Just random thoughts...

    Would'nt it have been fun if the industry would have opted (longer development?) for smaller DVDs, just like Nintendo's GameCube ones. Of course such DVDs only have a capacity of 1.5 GB but I could see the capacity increased in the next generation.

    Imagine the possibilities a 2.3 inches DVD disk could create. A drive for such a disk would occupy much less internal space in a laptop. Of course, on the negative side, I'm not sure a full lenght movie can fit on those. And they would'nt be compatible with DVD players. Oh well. I guess the implementation should have been made at the beginning of development of the format.

    Hmmm... a 2.5 inches DVD drive coupled with a 2 inches HD. That would really be a space saver in a laptop. Not sure if the 2 inches drives can whistand constant usage though.
     
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    i wish the industry would adopt some sort of protective casing for optical discs, like Mini Disc...

    mini DVD would be kinda neat, but i think i like having slot loading optical drives better...
     
  3. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Makes me think of the old CD Caddies Apple used to use. Cumbersome but very protective.:

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  4. idkew macrumors 68020

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    i had an nec drive that required caddies. that sucked. if you don't leave cds/dvds out, you won't have a scratch problem.
     
  5. krimson macrumors 65816

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    i believe some Panasonic camcorders use a 80mm DVD-RAM (3GB, i think) already
     
  6. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    there is actually some codec system that Nintendo has that can compress/decompress data onto these mini DVDs very well. for example the Resident Evil game has 9GB worth of data compressed onto the disk, and then I guess decompressed during play. Nintendo keeps very tight wraps on this technology though from what I understand.

    having said that, i'm all for miniaturization of everything, well almost everything. and i'm still upset that the miniDisc didn't take off.
     

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