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DVD Cutting Master Format Specification


(1) Purpose of DVD_CMF.

DVD_CMF (Cutting Master Format) is a standardized way of communicating and transferring data between DVD title authoring workstations and DVD glass master cutting systems. DVD_CMF will contain the final "DVD Image File" as well as certain descriptive information that is required by DVD glass master cutting systems to perform the final DVD Encoding steps, including lead-in, lead-out and middle area data generation, compute proper DVD error correction and add optional DVD CSS. DVD_CMF also contains information concerning desired DVD Layer and Side which are used by the Laser Beam Recorder to establish required rotation and translation directions.

DVD_CMF can be used to describe DVD Image Files on any carrier that uses named files. This includes sequential access tape devices that make use of ANSI tape labels, such as DLT (Digital Linear Tape), SONY AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape), Exabyte 8mm formats and D-VHS.

(2) Relation with DDP

DVD_CMF has been jointly developed by DCA and DVD Forum WG1/CMF voluntary members primary based on DCA DDP as a derivative work in consideration of CSS related.

DVD_CMF is technically equivalent to DCA DDP2.10 subset concerning DVD, however the occurrences of "DDP" are changed and renamed to "DDV" for DVD_CMF.

DDP, DDP 1.00, DDP 1.01, DDP2.00 and DDP 2.10 are trademarks of DCA Inc. DDP is copyright 1989-1998 DCA Inc.

(3) CSS Issues

A stable and continuous supply of DVD Contents to the market is essential for a propagation of DVD and an expansion of DVD related industries.

To realize the above, a copyright protection scheme which will give a reliability to copyright owners is essential and should be adopted.

The Content Scramble System ("CSS") is a technical method for protecting the rights of copyright owners in digital materials stored on DVD media.

They are adopted and operate as a voluntary standard.

DVD_CMF (Cutting Master Format) are released with respect for CSS technology.


DVD_CMF editors are:

Doug Carson and Associates Inc.,

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.,

Philips Electronics N. V.,

Pioneer Electric Corporation,

Sony Corporation,

Time-Warner Inc.,

Toshiba Corporation

Victor Company of Japan Ltd.


In case of any question about the concerns of this document, please forward it to the following address in writing.

Address: DDP HELP, 1515 E. Pine St., Cushing, OK. 74023, USA,

Email. Tel. +918-225-0346 Fax. +918 225 1113

Company: Doug Carson and Associates Inc.

The DVD Cutting Master Format Specification describes the cutting master media layout for DVD disc.

The DDV file consisted of two kinds of data packet DDVID and DDVMS. The DDVID and DDVMS packet will be placed in one file, named DDVID.DAT. The first packet of 128 bytes of the file will contain the DDVID information, and the second packet immediately following will contain the DDVMS information. For identification purposes, the first four bytes of the DDVID packet will contain the symbols DDVID.

All fields in the DDVID and DDVMS packets shall contain valid ASCII text. All numeric fields shall be right justified and padded with either 0 (30h) or space (20h). All alphanumeric fields shall be left justified and shall be padded with space (20h).


Version 0.9 /31.October.1997

Version 0.91 /21.November.1997

Version 0.92 /26.January.1998

Version 0.93 / 20.April.1998

Version 0.94 / 27.May.1998

Version 1.00 / 5.April.1999



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