Lousy Transfers: How do you know?

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  1. Brian-W

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    I posted this originally in the AI thread, and think it's worthy of discussion in a separate post.

    What gets me anytime I see a "Poor Transfer" thread (insert movie) is how anyone could derive that what they viewed was a poor transfer? Let's be real, even the print you see in the theater is a copy of a copy, and not representative of where the HD/DVD master was generated from.

    Considering practically no one here has access to the master prints (or even generational subsequent prints) how can anyone here say the transfer for any given film is poor when you have zero access to the print it was made from?

    The film may not have that look you expect, but that doesn't mean the transfer was poor.

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    If the defects look like video artifacts, one can recognize a lousy transfer. Actually, the word "transfer" is frequently used pretty loosely around these parts and has been applied to things ranging from defects in the film element to digital video compression. Frequently with DVDs, the actual film transfer results in a hi-def master. The DVD-video is then a downsampled, compressed, and otherwise tweaked version of this.

    For instance, The Sound of Music may have actually been treated to a good "transfer". Unfortunately, the DVD has copious amounts of edge enhancement and other artifacts present that may or may not be present on the hi-def master (I have not seen it, so I cannot say with certainty).

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