Moving Day is Here! This is How to Contact Us.

Digistor BlogWell, that day is finally here. DIGISTOR is moving to a new larger facility. Please bare with us as our phone lines will be down for a few days. We should be back up Tuesday September 24th. If you need to contact us, please either email us directly or fill out the contact form on our website: http://www.digistor.com/Contact_Digistor_Today

We wanted to share a few perks of the new move:

  • Our design and testing lab is three times larger
  • Expanded production facility for our Assembled in USA line of products
  • Dedicated distribution warehouse
  • Its 35 seconds down the road from our current location, we get to stay in Campbell, CA
  • We have more skylights than ever!

See official Press Release for more information.

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Highest Quality 1080p Blu-ray Playback Software on a Mac


If your Blu-ray collection is growing and you’d like to use your Mac mini as a home theater box, or watch your movies in 1080p while traveling with your MacBook Pro, then Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player will be a game changer in your entertainment lifestyle.

Macgo isn’t the only game in town, but they were the first to create a Blu-ray playback software for Mac. As far as we can tell, the Macgo software is also the highest quality visual output for Blu-ray playback on a Mac, an important factor since we don’t want degraded video from our 1080p movie. The Mac Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray movies from disc or ISO files, as well as Blu-ray folders (BDMV folders). Storing your discs as ISO’s is a great way to easily access HD movies from your home theater environment.

Using the software is simple; your only pre-requisite is you have a Blu-ray drive plugged into your Mac. We’re happy to say the DIGISTOR External Blu-ray drive works great, and can play movies from a Single USB Cable (we’re looking at you MacBook Air). The system requirements state you should be running at least OS X 10.5 or above.

If you just need a nice media player, you can use Macgo permanently to play back MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4 and many more. We give Macgo high marks for quality playback, and high definition audio output along with multi file support.

The regular price is $59.95 but at the time of this writing Macgo is having a sale for  $39.95, 33% off the regular price. Macgo gives a trial download so as long as you have a Blu-ray drive around or some Blu-ray ISO files ripped to your Mac its risk free to give it a try. Or if you’re just looking for a new media player we still suggest grabbing the player from Macgo’s download page.

Source: Macgo Website

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How to: Pause an Archive Mid-burn with REWIND’s Finish Later Feature

REWIND™ is an easy to use data storage application to archive all your digital assets permanently to Blu-ray disc. We give you full control over your Blu-ray hardware. REWIND has the ability to finish your archive on your schedule. We built REWIND with a unique Finish Later feature, to pause your archive mid-burn and let you finish the archive later, picking up right where you left off.

REWIND Archiving software runs on both PC and Mac computers. The Finish Later feature demonstrated below is only available with REWIND. No other Blu-ray burning software to-date has such control of burning Blu-ray discs.

Via: DIGISTOR YouTube Channel
Product Page: REWIND™ Archiving Software for PC and Mac – DIG-RE110

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Blu-ray Sticking Around in the PlayStation 4

It wasn’t mentioned in the long-drawn-out Sony PlayStation 4 announcement, but the new PS4 has been confirmed to be “Blu-ray based. The same as the PlayStation 3.”

We guessed that Blu-ray would be included, but the 2 hour long presentation didn’t make this clear. We were told that the PS4’s goal was to have “Everything, Everywhere!” indicating a huge emphasis on streaming technology. Streaming games from your PS4 to your PS Vita, as well as streaming to another friends house so they can help you defeat that boss battle you can’t get past. But what about the physical media?

Perhaps Sony also thought it was clear: the only good answer to large graphically intense games has to be Blu-ray disc! With the invent of video games on Blu-ray gone are the days of embarrassing multi disc titles on Sony consoles. “The new FF game is how many discs?!?” a common exclamation amongst DVD and CD based games. It’s still a sigh of displeasure when an Xbox 360 title has more than one disc required to play.

Sony has clarified that the PlayStation 4 will indeed continue to use Blu-ray for physical media in an interview with Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida. He is asked directly about there being no mention of physical media on the PS4 during the announcement. His reply? “Oh yeah. It’s going to be Blu-ray based. The same as PlayStation 3.”

Via: gameinformer

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New Codec Helps 4K and UltraHD Video come to Blu-ray Disc


The ITU has approved a new video codec called H.265, creating a new standard for high definition video storage. The new format allows higher quality video to be compressed in a smaller file size, meaning a 4K (4096 × 2160) or UltraHD (3840 x 2160) resolution movie will eventually fit on a current generation 50GB Blu-ray disc.

The current standard using H.264 is widely used for Blu-ray disc movies as well as online streaming content for videos up to 1080p. Most of the videos on your iPad are all encoded with H.264 also. The new H.265 standard, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is designed to bring even higher quality video and higher resolution to these same playback arenas.

See link below for the press release.

Source: ITU

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Post CES 2013 Trends: Cut that Cord with Wi-Fi Cameras

If you’re a Pocket Camera user you may have noticed over the past few years you’ve used your digital camera less and your cell phone more. I know it’s true of myself. My iPhone camera is always with me, synced effortlessly with my PC, and backs up to iCloud. When I do use my Casio Exilim or Olympus pocket cameras I often times don’t sync these with my computer for days after the event.

We’ve seen a few WiFi pocket cameras hit the market, but CES 2013 shows that we are about to see a lot more, with nearly every manufacturer offing WiFi model cameras. You may be sucked back into using your digital pocket camera if it easily backed up to your PC or Mac over WiFi. Using a digital camera with WiFi and a good backup or archive program will make sure you can enjoy the original pics snapped and keep you using your pocket cam for more than large outings or events.

Some WiFi enabled Cameras (links to gdgt):

As these cameras continue to adapt new technology, you’ll see similarities with your digital pocket cam and your cell phone with apps. We area always looking for easier ways to take, sync, share, archive and enjoy our pictures.

Via: gdgt
Via: Cool Mom Tech

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Use instaport.me and REWIND to Archive your Instagram Photos

No doubt you’ve heard about Instagram and how they are planning on using users data according to its new privacy policy. Instagram, the media, and the users are in a cyber-argument over this topic, but at the end of the day it is your personal choice where you’d like your data. Using Instagram as a photo sharing method is great, but hoping to also use it as an archive of your photos doesn’t work out so well.

Whether you decide to keep your account open or not, we at DIGISTOR thought we’d let you know there is a way to download all your Instagram files to your PC or Mac, then archive them to Blu-ray disc for safe keeping.

Using instaport.me you can download all your Instagram photos to your computer in a single .zip file. You can unzip this file in your photos folder so you can easily view them. Also using REWIND you are now able to select the photos you’d like archived to Blu-ray disc. It’s simple and secure!

Side note: instaport.me is being hammered right now, and may be very slow at responding. Give it some time to settle, and then export and archive away! instaport.me has opened up secondary servers for overflow and is able to give you your Instagram photos within a few minutes of request!

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Professional Video Series SSD Drives for Blackmagic Products


Introducing the DIGISTOR Professional Video Series SSD Drives for uncompressed video using Blackmagic Design products.

DIGISTOR has been working hard behind the scenes to bring the world a professional series of SSD drives for fully uncompressed high-definition video capture. These SSD drives are the first ever designed for critical uncompressed video capture applications and built to the performance levels required to be used in Blackmagic Design video products.

The DIGISTOR Professional Video Series SSD Drives are available now for special introductory prices and sizes ranges from 128GB SSD PVD-PVD128E (coming soon), 240GB SSD DIG-PVD240S (available now), and 480GB SSD DIG-PDV480S (available now) for Blackmagic Design Products.

The DIG-PVDxxxx series of SSD Drives for Blackmagic uncompressed video products can also be used in other video capture and playback applications, as well as less performance critical file and data storage applications.

DIGISTOR Professional Video Series SSD Drives:

240GB480GB

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How to: Update and Continue an Archive in REWIND

Adding files to your archived Blu-ray discs is as easy as starting the archive to begin with. Using REWIND to store your files to Blu-ray means you can continue your archive, even if you started your archive on a write once BD-R disc! Yes, you can continue burning to this same disc until it’s full, then REWIND will span multiple discs to keep your files safe no matter how many GB’s you have!

We put together a little video showing how to update and continue an archive you started using REWIND.

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How to: Backup your Xbox 360 to the DIGISTOR External HDD

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console has continually increased its hard drive size over the years, knowing that gamers consume a lot of media. How do you make sure you keep a copy of your favorite XBLA downloads/demos/profiles and game saves? Using the DIGISTOR External HDD for Xbox 360 you can copy or move your XBLA items onto a 16GB partition of the drive.

The remainder of the drive can be used for song storage, photos, and videos. DIGISTOR offers 500GB and 1TB storage solutions in USB 3.0 speeds so filling the drive with media from your Mac or PC is fast and easy!

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