Originally Posted by fatherom
A couple questions for you. I've been following the discussion and am interested (like Brajesh) in being able to author blu-ray content on red laser media with the same (relative) ease as authoring HD-DVDs on red laser media.
1) You mention editing, saving as a program stream, only to then re-convert back to transport stream. I use VideoRedo, which allows loading a transport stream, defining cuts, and saving as a transport stream. Do you think this would work? That way, a step could be eliminated.
2) Have you tried the discs that work in the PS3 on any other blu-ray players? I guess what I'm getting at is that during my HD-DVD authoring days, I had relative confidence that the discs would work in any HD-DVD player (although I guess Toshiba is the only real manufacturer there)
I only own a PS3 right now, but I would like to know if I spend a bunch of time authoring blu-ray content on red laser media, that they'll be somewhat "future proof" and play in other blu-ray players I may get down the road, since it does appear HD-DVD may be on its way out.
That being said, like Brajesh, I plan on keeping my A2 and A3. I've authored all seven parts of PBS' "The War" on HD-DVD (as well as many other things)...they look fantastic, and I really don't feel like re-authoring them.
1.) Yes. Thank you for reading my post so carefully. But the only reason I outputed to program stream only to re-convert it back to transport stream is because Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD, for some reason loses the AC3 5.1 audio when exporting to transport stream. So by instead exporting to program stream, and then using Womble's own format converter utility to bring it back in as transport stream once again, I ended up with that workflow.
My experience with VideoRedo has been most successful with transport stream conversions to program streams using the Quickstream Fix tool. VideoRedo output has not been as compliant with program stream sources.
2.) I have not tried these home brewed disks in other blu-ray players, but like you, I had good success with getting the HD DVD format disks to play in all the players. As far as Blu-Ray disks on Red Laser being "future proof," that's a concern. My sentiment is that Sony would rather have us purchase expensive Blu-Ray burners and media. For all we know, the recent PS3 AVCHD red laser compatibility trick could go away in the next firmware update from Sony. Obviously, I hope not.
But like you, I'm definitely holding on to my A1 and A2 players. Format neutrality has always been my desire, but hard not to be nostalgic. While the studios and content may be going away, I think the players are here to stay, and that we'll see Blu-Ray players playing more formats going forward, including HD DVD, WMV9, VC1, DivX, Mov quicktime and others. At least I hope so.