Question about high definition transfers and the eventual "HD-DVD"

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  1. Dave H

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    Most studios these days, to my knowledge, are using high definition transfers for our current DVD format.

    Now, does this mean, if and when HD-DVD comes out, they will be able to use the current HD transfers they used for DVD on HD-DVD? So, in essence, we will be getting the same transfers we see now, but with HD resolution?
     
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    Bingo
     
  3. DaViD Boulet

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    You got it. That's not necessarily a bad thing...I think most studios who go through the trouble of producing an HD transfer (Fox's "sound of music" being the exception here) try to do it right knowing that the master they're using isn't just for DVD...but a future investment in an HD-disc or broadcast.
    BTW, the really, REALLY, ***REALLY*** cool thing is that future "HD" DVD players could output a 1080 *Progressive* signal from HD discs the same way that we have 480P DVD players today.
    Downconverted to 720P for current widescreen digital projectors, or shown full 1080P resolution on CRT or future 1080P capable digital projectors...the results will be simply stunning.
    -dave
     
  4. Dave H

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    Yeah, I was thinking it would be a good thing too because it would save money on costs since the transfer is already done and would cut down on the wait for the studios to release HD movies when the format is here.
     
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    Not being familiar with the process, I've wondered about this - is the dreaded excessive Edge Enhancement that some titles display on DVD added after the HD transfer, or is it a part of the HD transfer itself?

    I would hope it's the former since hopefully there would be absolutely no EE on High Def.
     
  6. DaViD Boulet

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    It's usually added pretty late in the game. The first step making a DVD from an HD source is to downscale it to the 720 x 480 resolution in uncompressed form. It's usually after this step the EE is applied right before (or during) the MPEG2 compression.
     
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    But, gentlemen, don't get your hopes up for HD-DVD too soon. The studios are the major obstacle, what with their copy-protection obsessions. Remember, they would have preferred that DVD itself not be launched. They have, in fact, opposed just about every home-video format--until they saw the money-making potential. But high-def? It would be as if everybody could purchase a de facto personal print of one of their products--something the studios wouldn't cotton to.

    Expect a long wait for "HD-DVD."
     
  8. DaViD Boulet

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    Well doesn't that annoucement yesterday that *four* of the major studios (Dreamworks, Universal, Fox, and Artisan) want to give us HD on D-VHS sort of indicate that the studios are ready to move forward with pre-recorded HD software?

    Why D-VHS and not an optical format?

    I hope they don't do blue-laser. I'd rather D-VHS while we wait for FMD.

    -dave
     
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    But, how many regular consumer's right now have an HDTV set. I'm all for HD-DVD like some of you but J6P really don't care and don't have an HDTV.
     
  12. DaViD Boulet

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    Actually

    Pre-recorded software is just what the HDTV industry needs to get it going. Forget waiting to watch some silly sit-com on broadcast. Throw in your HD copy of Jurassic Park or True Lies. Now *that's* going to sell some HDTVs.

    I'm not too worried about tape-based HD material. It can't hurt anything...if anything it will help sell some HDTVs and gear people up for the eventual HD-DVD format which will have a natural advantage being random access etc.

    -dave
     

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