Originally Posted by Manchild
Hey Cheez...great shots...
I would be curious to see a comparison between the DVD of Devil Wears Prada and the Blu-Ray from a normal viewing distance to see if the 1080p source material really makes a difference. Do you feel as though you notice a significant difference between HD broadcast/DVD/BD at normal viewing distance?
Well, first of all, with full HD resolutions of 1920x1080 I can see more details. It's not only the viewing distance that determines PQ. On a standard def, if you are watching a close-up's of a human face viewing at 6' distance you will see that the human face is well displayed without pixelations
especially the contour lines. On a true high def, if you do the same, not only will you see a sharper image but also you get to see skin pores and bumps. The skin pores and bumps are sharp too. More and deeper textures will be seen as well. Furthermore, if you run standard DVD or SD you will see big loss of details when subject is far away in the scene. With HD, you will gain details of those little objects that are far away. Watching a football game or soccer for example, looking at the players in the field. In any case you will likely to see the details from High def at any viewing distance. They just look different, more defined, unless you are 20~ 30 ft away.
Generally the SD videos have "softer" picture. The electronic devices such as the video processor that use some filtering to "smooth out" the pixelated images. If you don't mind soft, more like a little blurry images then SD digital may suit you fine. But for me, I need "that" sharp, crispy, wet, detailed, and clean looking picture. High quality video processor with good panny glass and high def video source will do just fine.
Another thing to note... is that there are also variety of video qualities in 1080p group. Some are crappy looking 1080p than other 1080p's. Some blu-ray movies are encoded in MPEG2 with low data bit rates. That will affect the PQ as well. The Blu-ray Devil Wears Prada is encoded at only 18 Mbps MPEG2. Generally when you get into 25~ 40 Mbps is where you get some serious PQ. The benefit here is the increased video rendering and color depth, also help remove graphical artifacts. If the standard DVD has high bitrate for the Devil Wears Prada the color rendering may come close, or even better than the Blu-ray, but once again, the you will still lose detail with the standard DVD.
FYI, if you want to totally complete your HTPC you can buy the Xbox360 HD-DVD add-on for <$200 and use it as an external USB 2.0 drive or crack the enclosure, get a mini-ata to ide133 adapter and put it in your tower. Looks great though and you're seriously making me reconsider the LCD vs. Plasma debate....grrr...haha
Yes i know...... Other people have suggested the same thing before, but I to be honest, I hate HD-DVD. I have this *hatred* with that format. It's a long story.... I might set it up at my family's home since it's cheap but......
Another thing is that the HD-DVD is limited in data capacity so it can't keep up with the Blu-ray... That uncompressed PCM digital audio and massive size of MPEG2 at 40 Mbps will not fit in HD-DVD.... the only way to get around it is to use something like VC-1 or MPEG4 or the like.. and that's just the video part. Not sure if they can cramp in the highest quality audio in there. The Blu-ray has more potential for gradually improving the picture and sound quality. The HD-DVD is already all worked out, but the blu-ray is just warming up. Of course that is not the reason why I dislike HD-DVD but...... a long story.