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Have the HV20 and already watching HD-DVD Videos on my Toshiba A2 HD-DVD Player

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I put in a pre-order with B&H early in March and received the HV20 last Thursday. I have tried a few test video clips in different modes and am really impressed with this camera.

Using the techniques under the HD-DVD authoring section of the HD-DVD Software forum, I was able to capture the video with CapDvhs, run VideoRedo, make an HD-DVD folder with Ulead DVD Moviefactory, and then burn a HD-DVD on DVD with Nero. The HD-DVD played back flawlessly on my Toshiba A2 HD-DVD player!!

I can see a definite difference between 24P and 60i. I tried some video in only 24P Cine mode and thought everything looked soft. I also found the zebra stripes aren't accurate for Cine mode because the contrast range is a lot larger than the peaking represents, so my videos looked flat and underexposed. The 24P mode does show some stuttery motion compared to 60i too. I am still trying to decide which mode I like the best. I don't think I like the Cine mode though for straight to HD-DVD videos because the clips seem to be too soft with very low contrast. I think they can be greatly improved if they were pulled into a video editing package.

I can post some raw clips if anyone is interested and has a place where they can be hosted.
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Slightly off the topic... but what I'd really like to know is what type of audio your using on your disks?

I ask because I have the A1 and I use dolby digital5.1 on my disks. It sounds great and I've thought about upgrading to the A2 but there have been reports that the A2 is having trouble with DD5.1 on the hybrid hd dvd's.

Have you done DD5.1 on the A2?
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Presently I am using the Mpeg audio as it was recorded from the camcorder. I needed to switch the output of the Toshiba to PCM in order to get audio out of the optical output. I haven't tried using the Dolby Digital with the player.
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Yeah... others have not had problems with the mpeg audio... it's the DD5.1 that seems to be a sticking point.

At any rate, hopefully I'll have the HV20 by the end of the week and I'll be able to try it on HD DVD. I just hope I made the right decision with this... that new JVC cam looks pretty good and I wanted to wait... but I have shoots in April that I have to be ready for.
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What do you use to convert the mpeg audio to DD5.1? If I have the right software, I could give it a try with the DD5.1. I have been trying to do minimal manipulation to my HD footage since my computer doesn't have the horsepower to do an real video editing without spending a week on a half hour piece of video. I could de-mux the audio and convert to DD5.1 and then re-mux. Does Ulead DVD support DD5.1 without hurting the video?

I have Sony Vegas 6, but it just takes forever to do anything with HD on my system.
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I do all of my HD DVD burning with Pinnacle studio 10.7, which will burn a HD DVD directly from the timeline, and will include a choice of audio... DD5.1 being one of them.

I actually do my capture/edit in vegas 7 then export to studio where I will setup the dd5.1 and then burn. Works fine for the A1 but those who have tried thus far with the A2 say there is "skipping" in the audio... so if this is true, something has clearly changed with the A2
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I have always thought 24P looked inferior to other sources. I despise the look. When I get my HV20 I'll never touch 24P.
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I have always thought 24P looked inferior to other sources. I despise the look. When I get my HV20 I'll never touch 24P.

I think it's like anything else.... it depends on how and where it's used... but I'm of the same general opinion when it comes to home video... I think it's quite out of place. I do however like the idea that it enables better low light abilities.... We'll see... I may like it... and then I may be listing it on Ebay... who knows
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Originally Posted by blackbill View Post

I think it's like anything else.... it depends on how and where it's used... but I'm of the same general opinion when it comes to home video... I think it's quite out of place. I do however like the idea that it enables better low light abilities.... We'll see... I may like it... and then I may be listing it on Ebay... who knows

I agree, for home video... it's not really needed.

However, even without 24p.... as far as image quality goes... it is supposed to be one of the best camcorders around, much like the HV10.
For the independent filmmaker, there is nothing better than 24p.

To each their own.

Kyser
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