- Jun 20, 2000
Hi htf members who attended the dvhs festival your thoughts on the quality of the presentation audio, video ect....
The other thing that is going to hold this format back in the short term is the need for a firewire input on the TVDon't know what gave you that idea. Firewire is not needed to playback the D-Theater movies at all. Analog component video output is all.
As for D-Theater being dead in the water, it's a bit early to proclaim that. There are three major studios supporting it, so it's far from dead.
let's see how these tapes perform after they've sat around for 2 years and been rewound and fast-forwarded a jillion times!Do you really watch your movies a jillion times??? If so, I wouldn't buy a tape based HD format either!
Since this is Digital tape, it should be noted that wear will not be as much of an issue as with regular VHS tapes.
And, as someone else pointed out, you do NOT need a Firewire connection on the HDTV in order to view the D-Theater tapes.
However, you DO need a Firewire connection from your HDTV Tuner to the JVC 30000 in order to record HD television! That is definitely a drawback, and the JVC reps were specifically told this during my session at the WSR Festival. I don't believe there are any HD Tuners currently on the market that have a Firewire output. WSR used a "prototype" Samsung to record the Jay Leno OTA HD program. Let me say, it looked FANFRICKINTASTIC! Again, this was video based HD, which always looks better than the film based content.
But the Firewire issue is a fairly big one. I would have to replace my Dish HD Receiver, which I paid around $600.00 for if I want to record HDTV. Actually, I couldn't even replace it right now, since DishNetwork doesn't currently have an HD Tuner with a Firewire output, although I understand that one is in the works.