Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced that it will ship its first combination drive for PCs that lets users create personalised, rewritable DVDs and CDs from digital or analogue video, data and photos.
The dvd100i drive lets users create DVDs from their own videos using the DVD+RW standard. Users can also transfer analogue or digital video directly from a camcorder or VCR to a DVD disc, create and play digital music CDs and store large amounts of data securely on both CD and DVD media. HP plans to incorporate the drives into its PCs later this year.
Consumers will be able to record video onto a disc, play it on a typical home DVD player, and then erase and record again on the same disc.
John Spofford, vice president and general manager at HP Personal Storage Solutions, said the drive would change the way people create and share their video memories.
"With this drive, consumers can safely store large amounts of information, explore new ways to create custom video and music discs and share those discs with almost anyone who owns a DVD video player or DVDRom drive. And, unlike videotape, the quality will last for up to 100 years."
Gartner analyst Mary Craig said that HP has the potential to build up the DVD rewritable drive much the same way as it did the CD-RW.
Along with HP, the format has the support of Sony, Philips Electronics, Dell Computer, Mitsubishi, Ricoh, Thomson Multimedia and Yamaha. The DVD+RW discs are expected to be available in September.
HP said that the drive will retail in the UK for around £549.
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