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Originally Posted by John Schuermann View Post

Technically, it would be possible for us to license or provide software to decode MFE-encoded video whether on disc or as a separate file, and if we did license to a BD software player developer it's possible that that software player could decode the source media file even outside the context of a BD disc.

Alternatively, there are free tools commonly used in a ripping workflow, for instance VLC or ffmpeg, that can crop the content to 1920 x 810, obviating the need for the BD-J mask.

Yeah, this is sort of a tricky/sticky thing. I don't use Blu-ray software players (PowerDVD, TMT, etc) I find they all suck generally. What I use currently for my collection is my SageTV HD300. However there's no hope of that ever being updated. I suppose I could hold out hope for Dune or someone to add MFE to one of their players.

Transcoding is an option but I'm not fond of it, especially just to burn black bars in, if I'm going to take the time I'd much rather actually get something for that, like be able to run an AVISynth filter or something that could actually use the MFE info.
The best answer is that we are way too early in the process to really speculate on this yet.

Yeah, I didn't really expect and answer. I mean I know it's possible since I'm sure you're doing it all in software and regular files right now. Really I think I just wanted to put the thought out there that there is some market at least for a "DIY" solution. Maybe that's the best way to "sell" the idea, a way for end users to encode/decode their own MFE content.
post #122 of 127
They've finalizing the Bluray UHD spec soon, I hope they will support anamorphic formats...any news?

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Lets hope so. Slightly excited. Not holding breath though.
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Yes, for sure anamorphic formats are supported smile.gif I sat in on the subcommittee meetings as a representative of Panamorph and pitched hard for anamorphic support. I can't take total credit, though, since there were two others on the committee that backed our proposal. There is support built in for anamorphic 1920 x 1080 HD and 3840 x 2160 *UHD. Getting the studios to release content this way, though, is still the challenge. However, there is good news.

As some of you may know, Panamorph (through Folded Space) has added Deep Color Encoding (DCE) capabilities to our suite of solutions that also includes MFE (MultiFormatEncoding) support for anamorphic Blu-ray. At CES this year we got the preliminary support of a major CE manufacturer for both DCE and MFE. Having a major CE player on our side should give us more influence at the studio level.

Sorry I've been away so long - I've been working on the sound mix and music score for the film "Creep!."
post #125 of 127
Hi John. Thank you for the update and promising news. Glad to hear you're also working on a gig.
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For anyone following this, Shawn and I did a complete show on MFE anamorphic Blu-ray and Deep Color Encoding with Scott Wilkinson yesterday:


In depth discussion of all of this.
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Always nice to see progress and more light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

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