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DVD vs Blu-ray vs 4K : The Basic Differences Plus Video Resolution and Storage Space Needed

DVD vs Blu-ray vs 4K

Last updated on January 23rd, 2024 at 02:34 am

Let’s take a look at the differences between DVD, Blu-ray and 4K video.

Why  be clear about DVD vs Blu-ray vs 4K?

For one, it will help you decide which format you should choose for your viewing needs especially the video quality you desire.

Secondly, it will help you decide whether you should change your existing equipment and if you decide to which format to choose.

In other words, if you have a DVD player, it will help you decide whether you should just stick with it or replace it with a superior one..

DVD vs Blu-ray

Chances are you haven’t switched to Blu-ray yet but are curious about this disc format.

Let’s start with storage capacity first.

A DVD holds up to 4.7GB of data.

If it’s a dual layer DVD, it offers about 8.5 – 8.7 GB of data storage.

If you think this is huge, check out the data storage size of Blu-ray.

A Blu-ray disc can hold up to 25GB of data.

50GB is the storage size for a dual layer Blu-ray.

The ample storage size allows for the recording of extremely high quality video and audio.

A 4K UHD Blu-ray (explained below)  comes in two disc formats

A dual layer Blu-ray disc whose size is 60GB.

A three-layer Blu-ray disc with a storage size of 100GB.

Blu-ray vs 4K

There are many out there who are confused about 4K video and Blu-ray. They think both these formats are the same.

They’re not.

4K video is the highest resolution video available to consumers.

The name 4K refers to 4000 lines of horizontal resolution . This means it has a horizontal resolution of 4000 pixels.

The advantages of 4K include higher quality video  in terms of image definition. Image detail is superb. It is suitable for fast action viewing and visibility overl large screens i superb.

4K vs 1080p

If you have a Full HD video at 1080p, 4K video quality is four times superior. In other words, the video resolution of 4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels

4K video has been available for viewing on YouTube since July 2010.

Blu-ray Resolution

Blu-ray, on the other hand,  is a disc format like DVD.

Its video resolution is 1920 x 1080. This is actually the resolution Full HD video

4K Blu-ray Resolution

The other type of Blu-ray is UHD Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray.

It’s video resolution is 3840 x 2160, supported by the latest high-end video equipment.

As you can see from the above DVD vs Blu-ray vs 4K explanation, DVD is a standard definition format that doesn’t support the playback of 4K video, which is the highest consumer video quality available.

If you would like to play 4K video, you must first have an HDTV with supports 4K video and a UHD Blu-ray player.

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