Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet
Is single-layer 15 gig part of the HD DVD format?
Is MPEG2 part of the HD DVD format?
Yes and Yes.
I'm just pointing out the difference between a "format" and the implimentation on a format.
If someone released the 5th Element on HD DVD 15 gig single-layer using MPEG2, it would look even worse. But it wouldn't say a thing about HD DVD's potential or its quality... just a lowsy use of it.
my post wasn't meant as a flame or anything; yes of course hd dvd supports mpeg2 and single layer hd dvd, but that wasn't my point.
this is the official launch...while the deficiencies are being acknowledged, even by the staunchest of bd supporters, it also seems like everyone is once again making excuses or saying, but wait and see...
i personally haven't bought a single title released with single layer hd dvd (i.e., the hybrids) but nor have i personally viewed any; by end user accounts and professional reviews it seems that their pq is still up to snuff (i'm just taking a stance again 15gb sl
but before this the mpeg2 v. vc-1 debate was very heated with bd supporters staunchly stating that mpeg2 was just fine...ah, but at a high enough bit rate, which then dictates the use of 50gb discs, which really is just a self-justifying attribute of bd. but until now no one would hear of people bemoaning bd's choice to go with mpeg2.
we don't really know when we are going to see bd50 discs and we don't really know when sony will give up on mpeg2 in favor of the advanced codecs...by all public accounts, even very recently in the launch articles, sony has basically stated that mpeg2 is what they will be using.
i just think we are being too soft on sony ...
also, i would imagine we'll be right back where we started from since i'm sure bda will eventually figure out how to fabricate bd50 with sufficient yields (boy if they don't it would be the screw-up of the century) and then everyone will once again be happy with mpeg2 b/c there is room to do a high bitrate encode...but then you effectively lose the space advantage again.
they either have to quickly get bd50 out or quickly switch to vc-1/avc, but the problem is they may not be able to do either of those quickly.
i will have to try to somehow see underworld and/or terminator...if these looked as good as hd dvd, then that is different story, but from what i saw of flying daggers, it was bad...