Joe spoke at length about the disc in LA at the dinner. The big thing is he is now mastering everything in HiDef- so the DVD version will be a downconvert.
He showed some test patterns from the disc- some multipurpose tests including some that test for the chroma bug, and test the quality of the actual Mpeg decoding engine in the player.
Also the new disc will have more audio emphasis- DTS 6.1 and Dolby EX test signals-- more than just level... phase, full freq sweeps, etc. Also a big explaination of audio systems and theory (which I got chatting with Joe about and he said he sent a draft of his audio info to a friend at THX for their thoughts- and he was told he was providing the same info THX charges $5000 for to their affiliates, a document which you have to sign a non-disclosure to get!)
Anyway- looks to be an overwhelming disc. Joe is a very smart and technically oriented man- so I think you might see more professional grade test signals, and more emphasis on having a real powerful calibration tool rather than a complete user friendly disc for wallmart. I could be wrong- but it sounds like Joe had the high-end enthusist in mind!
On a side note- Joe talked at length about a new HD-DVD standard for 720p which is backwards compatible with current DVD technology- no need for new lasers. It (from what I could gather) saves "extended" resolution information to create a 720 frame from 480. The space would come from the redundant frames created going from 24 to 30 (so, this system would only work on film source material, or 24 frame video).
Joe was excited because the system would add no cost to production of DVD- and would have no bad impact on people wanting to watch standard def info... I was a bit confused about some issues (since, as Joe Said, HDTV and good picture is mor than just resolution-- I thought the NTSC standard, even with added lines, would not be the same as HDTV's specs for color and contrast...)
I don't know how likely his new system is- but I did see Peter from Fox talking at length with Joe right after his presentation- so who knows.
Joe said Digital Video Essentials will probably street in Feb (he was actually working on it all day on Saturday, stopping only to come to HTF dinner and speak on HDTV).
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[Edited last by Vince Maskeeper on October 01, 2001 at 06:56 PM]
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