Blu-Ray is here!

July 1, 2006

The [Videoguys](http://www.videoguys.com/pioneer.html) are selling one of the first consumer level [Blu-Ray](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc) burners – the *Pioneer BDR-101A*.

What is Blu-Ray?

The Wikipedia says:

> The name Blu-ray is derived from the blue-violet laser it uses to read and write to the disc. A Blu-ray Disc will be able to store substantially more data than a DVD, because of the shorter wavelength (405 nm) of the blue-violet laser (DVDs use a 650-nm-wavelength red laser and CDs an infrared 780 nm laser), which allows more information to be stored digitally in the same amount of space. In comparison to HD DVD, which also uses a blue laser, Blu-ray has more information capacity per layer (25 gigabytes instead of 15) but may initially be more expensive to produce.

This is good news for filmmakers moving to digital. There’s little over 3 hours of HD storage available for about US$20.

You can read more [here…](http://www.videoguys.com/pioneer.html)

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