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post #1 of 4 Old 03-02-2002, 03:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Not so fast. Check out the Instant Replay on this:

The look of the next generation of digital video disks got harder to call when the DVD Forum's Steering Committee voted this week to approve the use of low-bit-rate compression for high-definition DVD...

The low-bit-rate camp believes its approach will benefit nearly everyone involved in the DVD industry. "Hollywood studios can repurpose their content one more time for HD-DVD, without making a costly investment in brand-new replication equipment based on a blue laser," said a U.S. executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity...

The U.S. executive claimed a switch to blue-laser equipment would make advanced players prohibitively costly, whereas a red-laser-based player that could handle both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 decoding would carry a palatable retail premium of $25 to $50.
Thank you, Warner Bros....
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Great, just what we need. More format wars should slow down the process of getting ANY HD-DVD..

Low bitrate MpegX vs. High bitrate Blue Laser vs. Microsoft Proprietary.

The quote from the article really makes me excited about low bitrate HD-DVD:

The DVD Forum's technical working group has already proved that encoding rates as low as 7 Mbits/s will yield HD video of acceptable quality
Wow, acceptable quality!
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I'm all in favor of blue lasers, with or without the DVD Consortium's blessings. But I do believe you can make more than acceptable quality at a video rate of 7 mbps as long as you use mpeg4.

I made and posted a sample of 720p yesterday at only about 4.5 mbps. See my post in the HTPC forum

And if the blue laser players are made there would be no reason not to switch to a newer compression technology also.

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