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The SIGCAT Foundation
Thursday, February 19, 1998
Digital Versatile Disc, or DVD, is the name of the next generation of
arguably the most successful technology introduced in recent times--the
compact disc. With a storage capacity of up to 25 times that of today's CDs,
DVD will soon be taking the storage and dissemination of digital information
to a whole new level. Over the next year, the world of government and business
will begin to see a proliferation of DVD-ROM discs, each of which can offer up
more than 18 gigabytes of databases, documents, and multimedia content,
including broadcast quality video.
The SIGCAT Foundation, the world's largest independent organization
specializing in CD applications and technology, has organized an in-depth,
workshop to explore all aspects of DVD. Conducting the workshop for SIGCAT
will be two of the country's leading experts on DVD, Ralph LaBarge and Dana
Parker. Ralph is president of NB Digital Solutions and has been in the
forefront of developing DVD technology applications since it first emerged
from the R&D labs. Dana similarly has been tracking the world of DVD since its
inception and regularly updates the world on the status of DVD through her
monthly column in Emedia Professional magazine.
The DVD Workshop will provide an overview on the fundamentals of DVD-Video and
DVD-ROM and how these compare to existing CD technologies. Included will be
demonstrations of the both DVD-Video and DVD-ROM products to give attendees
and realistic view of the power of this new technology.
The standards behind DVD technology have been in the making for several years
involving a consortium of the world's biggest electronic conglomerates. These
standards, which underpin the rollout of DVD applications of all types, will
be fully explored in the Workshop to give students a thorough understanding of
the strategic directions of DVD. There will also be a thorough discussion of
the various implementations of writable and rewritable DVD, including DVD-R,
DVD-RAM, and DVD+RW.
DVD Production Issues
DVD replication requires modifications to existing CD processes and the
implementation of new processes such as bonding and dual layer production, as
well as a new preferred input medium, DLT tape. The Workshop will address the
systems needed for production of DVD discs, including both single and dual
layer configurations. There will also be an update on the growing variety of
DVD-ROM authoring tools now becoming available.
The "DVD Workshop" will take place in the new WorkSmart Total Solutions Center
in Chantilly, Virginia. This center can accommodate up to 18 students in a
state-of-the-art presentation environment. The wide variety of CD and DVD of
equipment at WorkSmart allows students to explore and experience DVD first-
The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. The cost
is $275, which includes a buffet lunch and a copy of the latest edition of the
DVD Today tutorial CD-ROM. Attendance will be limited to 18 people, so please
confirm your reservations as soon as possible by faxing the attached
reservation form to SIGCAT at: (703) 435-5553. If you have any questions,
please call the SIGCAT Foundation at (703) 435-5200.