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Updated: 5/25/2009

Question

What is Blu-ray Profile?

Answer

Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.0:
Only supports basic playback function.

Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1:
Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 is also known as the Bonus View. Two new major features are the support of secondary video and audio decoder for Picture-in-Picture and the support of Blu-ray Disc content update, which uses 256 MB of local storage. It also allows the playback of high-definition movie content with multiple video streams, providing users with a real-time Picture-in-Picture viewing experience, such as watching the movie and video commentaries simultaneously. The ArcSoft BDAssistant tests your computer's playback ability for viewing these bonus features, and displays the results in the Advanced Playback tab.

Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0:
Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 is also known as BD-Live. The new major features are the support of Internet-connected activities, which can use 1GB of local storage. It enables powerful Internet-connected activities, such as multiplayer gaming, e-commerce, movie trailer and subtitle downloading, and social networking. The Arcsoft BDAssistant will test your computer's playback capability for BD-Live and Network Capability, and display the results in the Advanced Playback tab.

Hardware Dual-Video Decoding (Dual hardware accelerate):
Blu-ray Discs use a different video compression than MPEG-2, H.264 or VC-1. Some graphics cards have the new feature that supports hardware dual-video decoding. But not all of graphics cards can support HD (High Definition) decoding of both video streams. The Arcsoft BDAssistant will test the Dual-Video (both primary video stream and secondary video stream) Decoding Capability of your graphics card for each of the video steams, and displays the results in the Advanced Playback tab.

Blu-ray Disc Profile Comparison Table:

Feature BD Profile 1.0 BD Profile 1.1
(Bonus View)

BD Profile 2.0
(BD-Live)

Local Storage No 256 MB 1GB
Secondary Video/Audio Decoder No Essential Essential
Virtual Package No Essential Essential
Internet Connection Capability No No Essential


Note:
If the BDAssistant indicates that your compuer cannot succesfully playback Bonus View or BD Live items, your player may still be able to play back Blu-ray Discs, but it won't be able to play the special content that support Bonus View or BD-Live. To play this special content, you would need to update your player.

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