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HD-DVD article and the color blue
Topic by: dpowers
Posted: June 4, 2003 - 8:46 AM PDT
Last Reply: June 5, 2003 - 7:10 PM PDT

author topic: HD-DVD article and the color blue
dpowers
post #1  on June 4, 2003 - 8:46 AM PDT  
hey ray...

nice article...

it makes me wonder which cost will be more appealing, people turning their computers into nuclear-powered home entertainment centers, or everybody getting bigger badder DVD player, with factory retooling. doesn't it seem like blue LASER (now, making it an acronym, that's getting geeky) and wider bandwidth is unavoidable? particularly when it will improve multi-gig burn speeds, also?

to me, 1080p in software seems kind of unrealistic in the current fiscal situation... seems like a gimmick for the currently loaded.
oldkingcole
post #2  on June 4, 2003 - 7:07 PM PDT  
> On June 4, 2003 - 8:46 AM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> hey ray...
>
> nice article...
>

Thanks dpowers!

> it makes me wonder which cost will be more appealing, people turning their computers into nuclear-powered home entertainment centers, or everybody getting bigger badder DVD player, with factory retooling. doesn't it seem like blue LASER (now, making it an acronym, that's getting geeky) and wider bandwidth is unavoidable? particularly when it will improve multi-gig burn speeds, also?

I'm with you on this. I think blue laser DVDs are inevitable. But I think the question is more one of timing. Should we move to blue laser technology directly, or should we try to get there through a transitional format like red laser DVDs with better compression? The financial incentive for DVD producers to stick with red laser DVDs is pretty strong. I think the big guys just have too much riding on the success of standard DVDs to want to risk upsetting the apple cart by scrapping everything and starting over with blue laser technology.

In the end, I feel fairly confident that we'll get both: blue laser DVDs utilizing next-generation video compression. That should be really something to see!

But in the near term (say, in the next 3-5 years), I think we'll be stuck with incremental approaches, like Artisan's, which are based on red laser DVDs. The HD enthusiast will probably be limited to these types of red-laser based DVDs and D-VHS tapes during this time.

The good news is, I've seen a high-quality D-VHS presentation, and it was superb. If the "HD-DVD" is anything like as good as D-VHS, then it really won't be too hard to get excited about "HD-DVD".

>
> to me, 1080p in software seems kind of unrealistic in the current fiscal situation... seems like a gimmick for the currently loaded.
>

I'm excited about it. What I'd like to see (though I'm not sure that I will) is for more and more pre-recorded 1080p transfers to become available, so that HDTV set manufacturers get encouraged to build sets that can display this resolution. I think a good argument can be made, especially for pre-recorded formats, that interlacing is bad for image quality and should be avoided.
larbeck
post #3  on June 5, 2003 - 10:24 AM PDT  
Me, I am very excited about Blu-Ray, and I am hoping (against all experience) that the on-going standards war will die down and one will be the Victor. Real Soon Now.

But with 120 gig hard drive going for a 100 buck in my neighborhood, these puppies seem very useful for just data backup. And for all of the otaku's imagine having ALL of the versions of the final Neon Genesis Evangelion episodes and movies on a single disc. Or all of the extended platinum doublesuperdupper Lord of the Rings on one disc!

As far 1080p, it sounds soooo cool. Never Enough Rez. I will probably never own either a LCD monitor or plasma display as they are still not as good looking as the ole glass bottle. The cool thang, is the price of monitors are dropping and perhaps one day I will own that 24" widescreen Sony that will do 2304X1440. 1080p has GOT to shine on that puppy!

And Greencine plus BluRay plus USPS will provide more bandwidth than anything you will see anytime soon!
dpowers
post #4  on June 5, 2003 - 4:43 PM PDT  
it is true. megapixel video as a baseline is not far away and getting there will take a combination of installing large pipes and squeezing larger flows of data into them.

still, a week ago, i sat in a theater at the yerba buena center for the arts and heard how stan brakhage envisioned his movies as a home art collection, how everyone would have their own 16mm projector and would share wild movies with each other, as if they were slide shows or family albums.

can you look at an HDTV set without thinking of its cost? even if the expense is just a memory it's still there in the mind, in the experience. who thinks of how much a movie screen cost to put in a theater, how much is the air conditioning, how much for a 70mm projector? a movie costs $9, used to cost $5, or whatever, plus popcorn maybe.

love that bandwidth-by-mail idea. la dee da, here i am sorting through my mail, bill, bill, junk, greeting card, 7 gigabytes of entertainment, bill, junk...

i mean doesn't it seem as though, how things are going, Your New Personal Computer's hard drive will come pre-installed with productivity applications, games, reference materials, and the latest HD transfer of the godfather trilogy. oh man the customer moans another pacino movie? serpico was encoded in the milk carton i bought yesterday

however that would be very useful. finish the milk, stick it in the player, watch it's a wonderful life again

larbeck
post #5  on June 5, 2003 - 7:10 PM PDT  
>...oh man the customer moans another pacino movie? serpico was encoded in the milk carton i bought yesterday
>
> however that would be very useful. finish the milk, stick it in the player, watch it's a wonderful life again
>
omigawd, does mean the next Nick Broomfield hacket job will including in my fresh box of Preparition H?

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