What is DVI?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Thik Nongyow, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. Thik Nongyow

    Thik Nongyow Stunt Coordinator

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    I heard people on the message board talk about it, but what makes Digital Video Interface interesting? Is it a must-have feature?
     
  2. Drew Eckhardt

    Drew Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    It's a digital interface with optional (HDCP) provisions for encryption.

    The schmucks in Hollywood have decided that HD toys that play their movies must respect "constrained output" flags which will disallow unencrypted/analog output at resolutions beyond 960x540p - 1/4 the pixels available in a 1080i film transfer.

    If you don't have an HDCP DVI interface and the content providers do what they've said they'll do, without DVI you won't be able to watch pre-recorded HD movies in HD.

    If you spent $1K on a set without HDCP DVI and this becomes an issue, you might not mind replacing it with something bigger and better when it happens. OTOH, if you spend $10K on a projector you'll be a bit more perturbed.
     

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