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A new standard for more compatible CDs

Make CDs produced on PC more compatible with the world of digital gadgets and home players. This is the goal set by the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA), a group that works on the standards of optical media and that has led to the release of a group of specifications called MultiPhoto / Video (MPV)

Thanks to MPV, the Multiplay standard has been extended, already finalized for some time by OSTA, and thanks to which a standardized system is presented to standardize the way in which the contents of the CDs created by the burners are organized and presented and facilitate their reproduction on CD players and other home devices, such as DVD players.

Thanks to the MPV standard, it will now become even easier to create a CD on a PC burner and read its contents with a home player, car player or DVD player compatible with normal CDs. One of the most interesting functions is the structure that is assigned to XML files that can be read to create a navigation menu.

MPV supports JPEG, MP3, Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, MPEG 1, 2 and 4, the AVI formats of digital cameras, QuickTime, MJPEG video, CDs, DVDs, memory cards, hard drives and even the Internet.

Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, Imation, LSI Logic, Royal Philips Electronics, Roxio and Samsung Electronics have already expressed their support for the efforts of OSTA and MPV. 'There is clearly a demand to organize compressed data on multimeidal media on CD and DVD in a standardized way' said Eggert Gudmundsson, business development manager of Philips Optical Storage North America 'MPV meets this need with clear and solid technical specifications that favor users'