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2-49] What's HighMAT?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

2-49] What's HighMAT?

(2004/07/27)

HighMAT stands for High Performance Media Access Technology. Co-developed
and supported by Microsoft and Matsushita (Panasonic), it was first announced
in October 2002. HighMAT defines formats for storing digital media (music,
photos, videos) on CD-R/RW discs and (eventually) writable DVD formats.

While many DVD players now recognize MP3 and JPG files on ISO-9660 discs,
they don't all do things the same way, and may not support all formats.
A HighMAT-compliant player would be able to handle all files on discs
created in HighMAT format. The end result is that you would be able to
record a disc full of music or pictures in HighMAT format and send it to
anybody with a HighMAT player and know that it will work.

This format has not yet been adopted by most consumer electronics companies,
so it remains to be seen whether this will become a significant feature.

For details, see http://www.highmat.com/.


 

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