Notes on HD-DVD

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The format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc is over, and Blu-ray has emerged as the winner. But because a certain number of HD-DVD optical discs did reach the market and are still in use today, Virtual CD supports this format both in creating media and providing virtual blanks.

Primarily because many CD-burning programs cannot use drives that support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray is given precedence within the Virtual CD program. For example, virtual drives are not recognized as HD-DVD-compatible drives when detected by the operating system. When you view the properties dialog or open some other program that shows which media the drive supports, you will see no indication that HD-DVD media or blanks are among the media supported by the drive. But when an HD-DVD medium is inserted, it is supported.



Since the HD-DVD is basically an 'extra-large' DVD, this format is not treated separately from standard DVDs here. Where not otherwise indicated, information in this manual that applies to DVDs applies to HD-DVD as well.



Vista is the only Windows operating system that was built with integrated support for HD-DVD (for example, in the AutoPlay dialog). This support was eliminated with the advent of Windows 7.