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Old 12-10-2013, 11:01 AM
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I am very proud to present the first HD DVD Test Disc. It was made on April 17, 2003.
This is what I know about the disc:

During the last WG11 meeting held in Japan on April 23, 2003
Jim Musto, DVD Preproduction Process Engineer at Warner Advanced
Media Operations (WAMO), presented the first HD-DVD master discs to Toshiba,
which were confirmed by Toshiba to have met HD-DVD specifications for error rates
and S/N ratio. For the development of this new format, WAMO is using DCA’s
innovative Genesys system.
The disc on the plaque is the very first HD-DVD made back in 2003. You may notice that the disc contains bands of different reflective properties. This disc is what is referred to in industry as a “Step Master”. The same data is repeated for each band, each band is mastered at slightly different laser power and other settings in order to determine the optimal mastering parameters (Remember, this is so early nobody knew what the correct parameters would going to be!) This disc is not designed to play in any HDDVD movie player, but instead is designed to play on test equipment that can then inspect the disc, measure all the signal parameters of each band and then help identify the optimal set of mastering parameters.

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Old 12-10-2013, 06:51 PM
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Awesome score Marco. You should be proud. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:55 PM
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Fantastic find Marco!
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