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post #181 of 4623
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Originally Posted by Tom McMahon
Sure, but unless *our* customers wish to support that functionality in their overall hardware design, their SW system, and their consumer GUIs you'll never see it.
tom, could you comment, if possible, on samsung's approach in their bd player of using a separate deinterlacer solution as opposed to simply using the broadcom to output at 24p?

is it b/c of the 'mixed content' situations that they might have to deal with that they chose to implement their design as they did?

are there other broadcom solutions presently available, or planned, that would obviate the need for implementing a separate deinterlacer?

TIA
post #182 of 4623
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Originally Posted by BenDover
tom, could you comment, if possible, on samsung's approach in their bd player of using a separate deinterlacer solution as opposed to simply using the broadcom to output at 24p?

is it b/c of the 'mixed content' situations that they might have to deal with that they chose to implement their design as they did?

are there other broadcom solutions presently available, or planned, that would obviate the need for implementing a separate deinterlacer?

TIA
Sorry, I can't comment on other company plans or future products.
post #183 of 4623
Hello Amir, thanks for taking some time out to answer questions :D
I'd like to ask if the Xbox360 HD add-on will ship in the U.S only or will they ship worldwide before 2007? I'm in asia and hoping to send a few as X-mas (not for me honest :D ) gifts.
Thanks
Will.

PS, is New line going to have HD-DVD titles out for x-mas?
post #184 of 4623
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Originally Posted by Penton-Man
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Originally Posted by b.greenway
And while you were rightly diplomatic in your answer to #2, would I be far off to read that as no VC-1/MPEG4 discs until 2007?
From what he told me the last week of June, it would appear so.
Just to clarify, this would mean from Sony. Other studios may well release AVC titles this year.

-Talk
post #185 of 4623
Q: How long before a disc release is the title encoded?

Can someone give us a timeline on a HD title production?

Gary
post #186 of 4623
It varies. In case of Paramount titles, some where encoded more than three months ago! Same as early Warner titles.

The production rate in VC-1 is very quick these days. We are able to create near final quality in automated encoding now resulting in much less hand tuning. So the production phase can be short moving forward (even shorter than DVDs!). However, studios may still hold up a title for other business reasons, or spend a lot of time in creative work in the interactivity/menu department.
post #187 of 4623
Amir,

Any bombshells coming up from the conference or we have seen the best of it out already? :)
post #188 of 4623
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Originally Posted by RobertR1
Amir,

Any bombshells coming up from the conference or we have seen the best of it out already? :)
Yes, one. As is typical of Vegas, there are multiple conferences going on, even in the same hotel. In this case, the VSDA was sharing the same venue as the "Fraud" conference! We kept kidding with each other as to which camp was going to go and change the signs for the other side and point them to Fraud gathering :D.

Seriously, I think the right stories have already been reported. There is joint marketing for HD DVD. Paramount was there in full force with their new titles so that should quiet folks that said they were re-thinking their position. There is a mobile HD DVD showcase in an 18-wheeler going around the US to show the capabilities of HD DVD. There is the new web site and tag line "The Look and Sound of Prefect".

For me personally, the highlight was previewing the Paramount titles until 3:00am in the morning :).
post #189 of 4623
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Originally Posted by amirm
There is the new web site and tag line "The Look and Sound of Prefect".
Should I say anything? :D
post #190 of 4623
That's funny!

Good stuff man. Nice to see your hard work on HD DVD paying off and lets see that $150mil being put to good use. Looking forward to the Paramount titles! Would they be upset if you updated your Top 10 list with their titles before the release? ;)
post #191 of 4623
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Originally Posted by kjack
Should I say anything? :D
Perhaps it's a promotional spot by Mos Def...
post #192 of 4623
I guess this question is targeted mostly at Microsoft. Most of the work being discussed here is driven by fairly large corporations. What cottage industries do you see cropping up to support the evolution of the HD format(s) over the next 12-24 months, and what areas would companies like Microsoft wish to see receiving attention (going forward) that might not be considered a core competancy by MSFT but could be for third-parties developers, promoters or suppliers?

Or are all the bases truly covered?
post #193 of 4623
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post #194 of 4623
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Originally Posted by sphinx99
I guess this question is targeted mostly at Microsoft. Most of the work being discussed here is driven by fairly large corporations. What cottage industries do you see cropping up to support the evolution of the HD format(s) over the next 12-24 months, and what areas would companies like Microsoft wish to see receiving attention (going forward) that might not be considered a core competancy by MSFT but could be for third-parties developers, promoters or suppliers?

Or are all the bases truly covered?
The top area is around interactivity. We have the equiv. of web technology in HD DVD's iHD, plus real-time, 1080p graphics synchronized to A/V stream. No, I don't think people want to balance their checkbooks on HD DVDs :). But there will be fair amount of demand from studios (and hopefully consumers :)), to have a lot more in these titles than a fancier menu system. Studios are using less than 5% of the what the system can do.

Along these lines, iHD also allows for network streaming and download of additional content. So having people work on these systems and offering the back-end solution will also be very useful. Ultimately, turnkey systems will be needed to host content here.

There are also other opportunities in authoring/encoding tools but the volumes here are small, and there are existing companies going after them. And the technology is difficult to build.

This is a quick list that comes to mind but there will be other areas I am sure as time develops and we get into managed copy where someone could build home servers (i.e. dedicated or PC based), streaming receivers in TVs to play that content over home network, etc.
post #195 of 4623
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Originally Posted by amirm
The top area is around interactivity. We have the equiv. of web technology in HD DVD's iHD, plus real-time, 1080p graphics synchronized to A/V stream. No, I don't think people want to balance their checkbooks on HD DVDs :). But there will be fair amount of demand from studios (and hopefully consumers :)), to have a lot more in these titles than a fancier menu system. Studios are using less than 5% of the what the system can do.
Can you give us an idea about how much peak bandwidth the extra stuff can take if they go from using 5% of what the system can do to using 100% of what the system can do?

--Darin
post #196 of 4623
Questions to Amir:
Windows Media Player with iHD support is planned for Vista?
Why existed Toshiba HDDVD player can't play WMVHD files?
It is limitation of broadcom decoder?

Questions to kjack:
How about newest HDDVD players based on SigmaDesigns decoder with ability to play already released WMVHD with DRM as T2?
WMV(VC-1)HD with WMA Pro(Lossless) 5.1 sound and interactive layer on DVD9 with DRM possible in future be playable on player with SigmaDesigns decoder?

Thank you.
post #197 of 4623
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Originally Posted by vsv
How about newest HDDVD players based on SigmaDesigns decoder with ability to play already released WMVHD with DRM as T2? WMV(VC-1)HD with WMA Pro(Lossless) 5.1 sound and interactive layer on DVD9 with DRM possible in future be playable on player with SigmaDesigns decoder?
While our chip is capable of playing WMV9 titles that use WMDRM, the player manufacturer would have to choose to license and support it. Some early WMV9 titles, such as T2 as I recall, use an early version of WMDRM that can only be used on a PC.
post #198 of 4623
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Originally Posted by vsv
Questions to Amir:
Windows Media Player with iHD support is planned for Vista?
Not currently. Instead, we are licensing our iHD implementatio to existing DVD/BD/HD DVD player companies to include in their products.

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Why existed Toshiba HDDVD player can't play WMVHD files?
It is limitation of broadcom decoder?
It is really a choice on the Toshiba's part. Implementing WMV-HD playback is difficult because that format was designed for PC playback. Sigma did work on implementing the DRM on their decoder but that would not work on all the titles (i.e. the ones that used network activation). Note that many of the WMV-HD titles will be coming to HD DVD later this year (through Studio Canal for example).

Also, BRCM decoder does not support WMA Pro sound track on these titles (at least I don't think it does -- Tom can correct).
post #199 of 4623
Amir,

Will the first batch of Warner titles on BD be VC-1 or MPEG-2?
post #200 of 4623
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Originally Posted by cal87
Amir,

Will the first batch of Warner titles on BD be VC-1 or MPEG-2?
I know everyone wants to know this answer :). But I don't have permission to say. There were some leaks on this though a while back (how is this for an obscure hint :))...
post #201 of 4623
Amir,

Has VC1 work already started on LOTR and Matrix Trilogy? Any details are most welcomed :)

Thanks,
Robert.
post #202 of 4623
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Originally Posted by cal87
Amir,

Will the first batch of Warner titles on BD be VC-1 or MPEG-2?
I found this in another thread it may answer your question. Check post #10

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=690750
post #203 of 4623
Amir,

First of all, thanks for posting to these forums and being gracious enough to answer our questions!! You are too kind!

Well one thing I'd like to know is if there is any studio support for HD-DVD we don't already know about? I'm not asking for names (because I understand you can't disclose those), but can you say whether or not we HD-DVD owners are in for any surprises?? Or at least give any obscure hints??

My second question, which I expect would be more likely to get an answer is can you say whether or not we HD-DVD owners can expect any Christmas movies out in time for Christmas....especially whether or not Warner will put out Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story???

Thanks in advance for the help!

Also thanks to everyone who is an insider who gives those of us who support the HD formats hope that our technologies will be an overwhelming success, I appreciate it very much!!
post #204 of 4623
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Originally Posted by amirm
...Also, BRCM decoder does not support WMA Pro sound track on these titles (at least I don't think it does -- Tom can correct).
The chip should be able to do WMA Pro but we haven't actually done the work (nor will we, unless our customers ask for that feature).
post #205 of 4623
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Originally Posted by AUWingsFan
Amir,

First of all, thanks for posting to these forums and being gracious enough to answer our questions!! You are too kind!
Oh, it is my pleasure. I know I speak for the rest of the insiders here when I say how pleasurable it is to contribute to this thread. Everyone is exceptionally polite and cordial!

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Well one thing I'd like to know is if there is any studio support for HD-DVD we don't already know about? I'm not asking for names (because I understand you can't disclose those), but can you say whether or not we HD-DVD owners are in for any surprises?? Or at least give any obscure hints??
I want to be conservative here. And as such, I think it is fair to say that the progress of HD DVD vs BD is not lost on studio executives. There certainly is new data for them to digest that they did not have a couple of weeks ago. So good progress is being made but nothing to report yet.

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My second question, which I expect would be more likely to get an answer is can you say whether or not we HD-DVD owners can expect any Christmas movies out in time for Christmas....especially whether or not Warner will put out Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story???
Good question. I will have to find out. I will report back when I hear something.
post #206 of 4623
If a studio uses VC1 in either HD DVD or BD titles does Microsoft receive any money?
post #207 of 4623
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Originally Posted by Robert D
If a studio uses VC1 in either HD DVD or BD titles does Microsoft receive any money?
Not today. Our VC-1 (WMV) patent license does not have any content fees. However, MPEG-LA will be running the pool in the future and might decide differently.
post #208 of 4623
What are the going rates (or range of rates) for:
1. Creating an HD master of an average-length film;
2. Authoring an HD DVD of that; and
3. Authoring a Blu-Ray Disc of that?
Assume modest extras but no fancy HD-specific material like In Movie Experience.

There seems to be very conflicting information on this flying around, and it's hard to tell if high costs are to blame for keeping independents from jumping in.
post #209 of 4623
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Originally Posted by amirm
Oh, it is my pleasure. I know I speak for the rest of the insiders here when I say how pleasurable it is to contribute to this thread. Everyone is exceptionally polite and cordial!


I want to be conservative here. And as such, I think it is fair to say that the progress of HD DVD vs BD is not lost on studio executives. There certainly is new data for them to digest that they did not have a couple of weeks ago. So good progress is being made but nothing to report yet.


Good question. I will have to find out. I will report back when I hear something.

Thanks!!! :)
post #210 of 4623
Do any insiders know if Weinstein/Genius are still in the HD DVD camp?

Also, does anybody have any information on these 4 Brentwood HD DVD titles released this past Tuesday (apparantly they are cheap to produce as they are selling them for $6.98). Specifically, are these HD DVD 15's of of the red-laser variety?:

Classical Touch: Beethoven - Famous Symphonies
Classical Touch: Chopin - Nocturnes Romantic Piano
Classical Touch: Mozart - Symphonies Operas
Classical Touch: Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty

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http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...ink=ref&bMore=
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