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A note of caution about BD replication
This note is NOT for those of you who have already successfully authored BD-ROM titles for replication - it's for everyone ELSE who visits this website, who may not yet have dug deeply into the BD format's stringent requirements.

While the AACS changes currently underway may make it financially more affordable for new authors to produce for Blu-ray replication a word of caution is in order: Just because you own a Blu-ray authoring tool doesn't mean you can make a replicatable Blu-ray Disc.  Read on for more...

(and If you are interested in replicating BD, we'd like to know who you are -
visit www.easybludisc.com , and let us know about you. 

UNLIKE DVD, the BD format's requirements for successful replication involve more than just the ability to make a recordable BD.

The first hurdle is creating a usable BD CMF volume, which some authoring tools already do, and some new products like BluStreakPremaster can do by converting a BDMV folder to CMF.

But in addition to the need to create a BD CMF volume, there are specific stream requirements that make many "desktop" encoders unsuitable for creating compliant AVC streams (to give due, some DO make usable MPEG-2 HD streams).

BUT TOOLS like BluStreak Premaster that convert volumes do NOT convert streams from non-compliant to compliant for BD-ROM.

In short, it's NOT as simple a workflow as you may think at first glance. It's NOT impossible to do, but it's NOT quite as simple as DVD has become in recent years, and not as simple as you may think it SHOULD be, based on DVD's example.

So - a few words of warning:
KNOW THE BEAST, before you attempt to make a BD-ROM for a client -
TALK to your replicators, understand the delivery requirements, and the differences between making BD-R and BD-ROM.  BEWARE of the lurking landmines - they are costly.

The IDMA is currently developing a website specifically to help independent Blu-ray Producers who would like to replicate. We're negotiating with replicators for aggressive BD-ROM pricing, and to provide a fast path to retail-ready product, which is what many indies need.

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