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Thomson markets scripting tool for Blu-ray's BD-Java

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 26 Nov 2007 17:13 User comments (5)

Thomson markets scripting tool for Blu-ray's BD-Java Thomson, owner of companies including RCA and Technicolor, is working ot develop a Blu-ray Authoring environment that allows DVD authors to take advantage of the format's advanced programmabillity without learning Java first. They're calling their authoring product BD-JIVE, which stands for Blu-ray Disc-Java Interpreted Visual Expression.
Unlike HD DVD, which uses a much simple scripting language (ECMA Script) to replace DVD's relatively crude selection of virtual machine (VM) commands, Blu-ray features a version of Java known as BD-Java. While this opens up a nearly unlimited range of potential features for a BD-MV (Blu-ray Movie) disc, it also presents a challenge for authoring houses, which typically aren't staffed with a large number of (or any) Java developers.

Arguably what this software really does is use Java to produce a framework that resemble's ECMA Script, which is essentially an implementation of Javascript. While ECMA Script is more complex than DVD-VM language, the learning curve is certainly not as steep as Java. On the other hand, as authoring tools continue to be written vendors may take advantage of BD-Java to add an arry of features that just aren't possible with any other standalone player format.

Thomson hopes BD-JIVE will be able to bridge the gap between DVD authors and Blu-ray capabilities. At a company hosted forum the company showed off Pixar Shorts, a BD-MV disc authored by Thomson owned Technicolor Creative Services for Walt Disney. Other BD-JIVE titles are apparently already scheduled for release in the near future.

Source: Video Business

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5 user comments

127.11.2007 8:48

you said it your self hddv was much simpler to use why would you want something that is more complicated? most of us just want something that plays and does the job . not something that needs our constant attention to get it to work. like plug and play and enjoy that is what i want. our players should play movies that what they are suppose to do . and not have to upgraded to watch every new movie.

227.11.2007 12:05

wow, your comment really has nothing to do with this article.

327.11.2007 16:20

Originally posted by grkblood:
wow, your comment really has nothing to do with this article.
haha good call! i wonder what sort of things they are gonna put on BR-MV disc's now, anything different to "deleted scenes" would be awsome! maybe some simple games to theme of the movies, like the bevis and butt head game on the movie, stuff like that would be cool!

427.11.2007 19:49

Originally posted by tleewade:
you said it your self hddv was much simpler to use why would you want something that is more complicated? most of us just want something that plays and does the job . not something that needs our constant attention to get it to work. like plug and play and enjoy that is what i want. our players should play movies that what they are suppose to do . and not have to upgraded to watch every new movie.
brain cramps today.

520.12.2007 6:41

As long as its simple to use i don't see the problem.

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