BD Demystified

Stuff You Need to Know About Blu-ray

Blu-ray Disc Demystified, published in November 2008, is the latest edition to the best-selling DVD Demystified series. Look for it at your nearest physical or online bookstore.

Blu-ray Disc Demystified provides:

  • A sweeping overview of Blu-ray technology.
  • A valuable grounding in fundamentals of digital video and audio
  • In-depth coverage of formats, features, and applications
  • The ins and outs of Blu-ray content protection, including AACS, BD Plus, and ROM Mark
  • Tips on using Blu-ray in the home, office, and school
  • The truth behind the myths surrounding Blu-ray
  • Essential information about Blu-ray production
  • A guide to the complex landscape of patents and licensing
  • Honest assessments of Blu-ray's pitfalls

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"Blu-ray Disc Demystified is an excellent resource for anyone looking for clear and accurate information on this exciting format."

Brad Collar
Vice President, Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations


"Jim's book is a must-read for anyone who needs to understand how Blu-ray disc works. I wish we had it during the BD format launch."

Christopher F. Brown
CEO of Metabeam
Vice President of the IDMA/DVD Association
co-founder of InterActual Technologies

"Wonderfully comprehensive and helpful book, touching on maney facets of Blu-ray with clear and insightful explanations."

Jinha Kim
Director R&D Digital Compression, GDMX

"Blu-ray Disc Demystified is an essential reference for designers and developers building within Blu-ray’s unique framework and provides them with the knowledge to deliver a compelling user experience with seamlessly integrated multimedia."

Lee Evans
Ambient Digital Media

"Jim’s Demystified books are the definitive resource for anyone wishing to learn about optical media technologies."

Bram Wessel
CTO and Co-Founder, Metabeam Corporation

"As he did with such clarity for DVD, Jim Taylor (along with his team of experts) again lights the way for both professionals and consumers, pointing out the sights, warning us of the obstacles, and giving us the lay of the land on our journey to a new high-definition disc format."

Van Ling
Blu-ray/DVD Producer

"Blu-ray Disc Demystified is an excellent reference for those at all levels of BD production. Everyone from novices to veterans will find useful information contained within. The authors have done a great job making difficult subjects like AACS encryption, BD-Java, and authoring for Blu-ray easy to understand."

Jess Bowers
Director, Technical Services, 1K Studios

"Like its red-laser predecessor, Blu-ray Disc Demystified will immediately take its rightful place as the definitive reference book on producing BD. No authoring house should undertake a Blu-ray project without this book on the author’s desk. If you are new to Blu-ray, this book will save you time, money, and heartache as it guides the DVD author through the new spec and production details of producing for Blu-ray."

Denny Breitenfeld
CTO, NetBlender

"An all in one encyclopedia of all things BD."

Robert Gekchyan
Lead Programmer/BD Technical Manager, Technicolor Creative Services