If you want to watch the best in high definition (HD)-quality on your computer that has a Blu-Ray drive, your only option. Before some-Mart credit card and your going out to buy, read on to familiarize yourself with basic knowledge of the arm.
HDCP & HDMI
Before now with Blu-Ray drives, we need the concepts that make up a total understanding of HD videos.
HDCP is an acronym for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, which used to encrypt the signal from the source device (may be a Blu-ray drive, Sony PS3, an HD receiver, etc. ) until it reaches the screen, which one can be achieved is a television or computer monitor. The signal is decoded at the display device and displayed on the screen. To see the Blu-Ray discs, the Blu-ray drive, the graphics card and the monitor HDCP compliant. Other wise you will not be able to Blu-Ray movies and other HDCP encrypted content to look at the full definition, or at all.
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, which is a standard digital connection between the source device (the graphics card or integrated graphics is concerned, as far as the computer) to the display device (monitor). The connection via an HDMI cable (For more information about HDMI standard go Tiesha the article here is for a home theater perspective, HDMI cable from a game console perspective here. Furthermore, you can go here for a computing perspective on HDMI. )
The latest version is 1.3 and supports Deep Color (the ability to billions of colors with a large number of colors / saturation and shading screen), Lip-Sync (synchronization of audio and video), DVD Audio, Super Audio CD, an expanded color gamut ( obtained as xvYCC), Dolby TrueHD Bitstream, DTD-HD Master Audio bitstream. The minor revisions 1.3a, 1.3b1, 1.3c and 1.3b supported Consumer Electronics Control (CEC), which is support for remote controls. Revision 1.3 does not support CEC. Note that implementations of most functions is optional, so just because a drive does not necessarily 1.3b, it is True Colour and Lip Sync, for example.
When you buy a Blu-Ray drive, we need one that supports at least version 1.3 to buy. On the other hand, we must be sure that all our hardware is Rev 1.3 compatible (if not, you will not be able to use some features. For example, if the Blu-ray drive is only 1.2a, you will definitely not be able to use Deep Color, xvYCC, Auto Lip-Sync, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD. ) From now on, I'm assuming that all your hardware has been compliance with the latest revision, and that you are for a model with the 1.3-enabled features. The drive is compatible with HDMI 1.3 at least Rev. It is able to write Blu-Ray discs. If possible, choose the writing with the higher rate. It is able to write DVD + R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM and all CD formats. You can upgrade the firmware in the future. The box comes with a Blu-ray playback / writing software from the manufacturer. The above elements will limit your choice, but ensure that you have a good, long-term investments.
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