DIGISTOR Joins the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc

We’re pleased to announce DIGISTOR has joined the One-Blue Licensing Program. One-Blue administers the licensing program for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc. See One-Blue’s Press Release in the link below.

Via: PR Newswire

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The Best HTPC Blu-ray Playback Software

For many, setting up a HTPC can be a rewarding experience.  A major factor is the ability to customize and run ones own software.  It can also be a favorable alternative to getting a PVR from a cable company.

Even when faced with so many options out there, one of the best choices remains Windows Media Center, arguably the best HTPC software available, and already available on your Windows 7 PC (go ahead, check for yourself: Click Start Menu > type “Media Center”).

With leading software developers such as ArcSoft, your Media Center experience will be even better.  Enhancements, such as a Blu-ray TMT 5 playback plug-in will allow you to watch your movies without leaving Media Center.

The ArcSoft TMT 5 Blu-ray plugin’s tight integration with WMC means you can launch Blu-ray playback from the main menu, and combined with a Media Center remote, the integration can be even better.

The ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 Blu-ray plug-in is included with the ArcSoft TME2 software suite bundled with select DIGISTOR External Blu-ray burners.

Additionally, DIGISTOR has two exclusive bundles for internal Blu-ray drives, perfect for a small form factor HTPC

 

 

 

 

Aside form the plug-in for WMC, there’s another good reason you’ll want to use TMT 5 for your HTPC.

You can play previously ripped Blu-ray movies meaning no disc is required for viewing.  Launching the TotalMedia Theatre 5 outside of Media Center allows you to play movies that have been ripped to a folder. Movies ripped to ISO can also be played if mounted using a free virtual disc program such as DVDFab Virtual Drive.  Both files rips, and ISO rips can give you all the original features (menus, chapters, extras, etc.) and can be stored on your hard drive for playback anytime.

Installation is as easy as installing the ArcSoft bundle and the plug-in will be installed automatically as well.  This will give you the choice to launch outside of Media Center as well – this can help use less system resources for Blu-ray movie playback.

In order for Windows 8 users to have Media Center, an upgrade is required.  Unfortunately, Media Center is no longer free as in previous version of Windows.  The type of upgrade depends on which version (Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro) you are using:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs

Also with Windows 8, the ability to playback Blu-ray movies is still not natively supported.  When attempting to play a Blu-ray movie, this is the message you’ll get:

Fortunately, ArcSoft TotlMedia Theatre 5 is Windows 8 compatible, so you’ll be able to enjoy full Blu-ray playback from your Windows 8 HTPC.

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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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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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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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5 Reasons to Use Blu-ray for Permanent Backups


Cloud backup, external hard drive, USB drive, tape or optical drive; it’s easy to be confused with so many options for backing up your data and files.

There are pros and cons to every backup solution, but if want to permanently backup your photos, video, music and other data then archiving to recordable Blu-ray is the clear choice. Here are 5 reasons why:

Cost – Blu-ray drive prices have come down significantly over the past few years, but more importantly the media prices are now as low as $.04 per GB.  Not too bad for a permanent data storage.

Longevity – High quality Blu-ray discs have a hard coat, scratch resistant material and can provide up to 50 years or longer archival life.

Security – Archiving to Blu-ray gives you a physical copy of your data that is not vulnerable to online data breach and can easily be stored in a safe or offsite location.

Capacity – Blu-ray discs are available in capacities of 25GB, 50GB, 100GB and 128GB allowing the average user to permanently archive a lifetime of photo’s on just a handful of discs.

Ease of Use – Using REWIND Archiving Software you can easily archive or restore all of your photos, video, music and data in 3 simple steps.

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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: Archive your iTunes folder Permanently

As your iTunes collection grows, you may want to keep a permanent local copy of all your created playlists, XML files, library files and apps! Let’s face it, if you lost your iTunes collection, and had to redownload all your GB of apps, plus reorganize your music into the playlists you want, you’d be at it for days.

Here’s a quick <1min video on how to ensure a permanent copy of your iTunes folder by archiving to Blu-ray with REWIND®

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Insurance policy for digital photos

Just think about how many different insurance policies a typical household might have:  medical, dental, life, homeowners or renters, personal articles, auto, long term disability and my favorite the personal liability umbrella.  Some would say that we live in a world of insurance overload.  Perhaps, but insurance makes us feel safe and we sleep well at night knowing that we are protected.

That’s why it is so surprising that most people make little or no effort to protect their most valuable and irreplaceable digital assets such as photographs, videos, music and other personal data files. The average consumer does not have their data properly backed up or archived and could easily lose a lifetime of precious data at any time.

An external hard drive is great for managing continuous backups and day to day changes in your data and the cloud is perfect for sharing, collaborating and meeting basic backup needs.  However, I would not consider either of these solutions a real strategy for the long-term preservation of your digital data.  Why?   Well the reality is that hard drives will eventually fail; they might last a year, they might last six years.  The only certainty is that they will eventually fail.  While cloud backup solves this problem by offering redundant offsite backup, it opens the door for a host of other concerns and you should really think twice before offloading your permanent data storage to the cloud.  “Another Day another Cloud backup company”

To truly ensure the long-term protection and preservation of your digital photos and files, it is important to properly archive to a data storage media that is specifically designed for longevity such recordable Blu-ray. DIGISTOR’s Personal Archive Recorder comes with everything you need to permanently archive and easily manage and restore a lifetime of personal digital files. We like to think of it as an insurance policy for your digital data.

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