Superbit DVDs - Is this HD-DVD?

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  1. Dakota_D

    Dakota_D Extra

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    Just read on http://www.thedigitalbits.com/ that superbit dvds are being realesed soon.
    "Now then... some of you may have heard that Columbia TriStar plans to launch their own line of "premium" DVD titles, under the SuperBit moniker. The line, which debuts on October 9th, will feature a number of the studio's most popular titles, remastered at the highest video bit rates possible. By omitting added value material, all that extra data space can be used to include more picture and sound information. So while most DVDs are mastered with an average video bit rate of 3 or 4 mbps, SuperBit DVDs will feature an average bit rate of 7+ mpbs. Also, by leaving off extras, there's room for both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio options as well. Columbia claims that all SuperBit DVDs will be created from high definition masters - that's a little misleading. MOST DVDs today are mastered using high definition transfers. It's the added bit rate here that counts. So will that added video bit rate make a difference? I'm not sure. But it will be interesting to see. To us, this could be just another studio attempt to gain additional shelf space for their product (like New Line's Infinifilm brand, Buena Vista's Vista Series and Universal's Ultimate line of discs). Or it could truly improve quality. My big questions are these: Will there be a noticeable difference? And will non-SuperBit DVDs seem to suffer by comparison? We'll see. In any case, look for The Fifth Element, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Desperado and Air Force One to be among the first releases in this new line. Click http://www.cnl.com/WhatIsSuperbit.html for more info."
    Anyone have any comments on these new dvds? Will the picture be better quality? Similar to HDTV quality?
    Thanks
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    They are not High Defition. Just regular DVDs with most of the space allocated to image and sound rather than supplementary material.
    There are several active threads on Superbit DVDs at the moment. If the Search function is working at the moment you'll find them.
     
  3. Dakota_D

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    Thanks Rob, the search wasn't working earlier..but it is now and their is a lot of information to go through. Thanks for the tip.
    Cheers.
     

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