Blu-ray is, without a doubt, one of the greatest technologies in the world of portable media. Not only is it a cheaper, more portable alternative to Hard Drives for data storage, it is also extremely reliable. Nevertheless, what makes it so innovative is not the amount of data it can store. Rather, it’s the fact that it is the only optical drive that can handle extremely high-quality video and audio, 3D and even 4K Ultra HD.
It is no wonder that as Blu-ray products are becoming more accessible, people are turning to them for their entertainment needs. Yet, amazing as it is, the world of Blu-ray is not as easy to navigate. When you go to the store, for example, to buy a Blu-ray disc, you see a multitude of options (BD-R, BD-RE, BD-RW, BD-XL, and Ultra HD Blu-ray) but very little in the way of explanations.
It is this lack of explanation that we are going to rectify in this article. To be precise, we will analyse each of the above terms and give you all the specifications you need to know.
Blu-ray discs are split into three different categories based on an equal number of factors: Functionality, capacity, and content quality.
By functionality, we mean the number of times one can burn data on a disc. In that regard, discs can be divided into single-use (BD-R) and multiple-use (BD-RE/RW)
Blu-ray Disc Recordable or BD-R for short is the most common and cheapest type of Blu-ray disc available. They can only be written on, once. Therefore, once you have decided what to write on them, this is what they’ll have on for the rest of their lifespan.
The second category is BD-RE/RW (Blu-ray Disc Recordable Erasable / Rewritable). These are similar to their BD-R counterparts with one distinguishing characteristic.As the name implies, BD-RE/RW can be written on, erased, and then written on again several times. This makes them more versatile than their single-use equivalents.
Another way to tell the different kinds of Blu-ray Discs apart is by capacity. Here, we have four categories, BD-SL, BD-DL and BD-XL ( which can be -TL or -QL).
The four sizes are as follows.
- BD-SL: 25GB
- BD-DL: 50GB
- BD-TL: 100GB
- BD-QL: 128GB
If you really have some big files that cannot fit in a BD-SL or DL, try splitting the files and burning them to several discs instead of using a single XL.
After functionality and capacity comes the quality. Here, there are two types of Blu-ray discs, Regular Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Despite the word “regular” Blu-ray discs can still handle an impressive 1080p which is what we consider high-definition video.
Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD Blu-ray)
What makes Ultra BD Blu-ray unique is the quality of video and audio it supports. It is the only medium that supports 4K Ultra HD and improved colour depth. On top of that, Ultra BD Blu-ray movies are all region-free. The only downside is that it can only play on 4K Blu-ray players and devices that support 4K Blu-ray.
Now that we know that much more about the different types of Blu-ray discs, wouldn’t it be great if there was a program that could help us put this knowledge to use? A program that would give us all the tools to become our own movie producers?
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Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer to the world of Blu-ray, the sheer number of Blu-ray Disc types available can be quite daunting. In this article, we go over each one ( BD-R, BD-RE, BD-RW, BD-XL, and Ultra BD Blu-ray) and explain their uses.