Originally Posted by Neutron_Boy
I did not realize that HD DVDs came in multiple formats. I don't own any of the ones you mention, but I can test my SD DVDs. Planet Series Earth looks OK too. I'll have to look into whether any of my HD DVDs are MPEG-4 encoded.
Well... not exactly multiple "formats," just multiple compression encodings. I know how you feel though--you look at one title and it's easy to think all's well. Then you take a gander at one of the afflicted titles, and it's like "Holy s**t!!!"
(Planet Earth has a VC-1 encode, so it's fine.) With HD DVD, Paramount/DreamWorks seems to favor MPEG-4 more than the other majors. So when testing titles for the anomaly, you can start with Paramount.
SD DVD uses MPEG-2 compression (not MPEG-4), and really shouldn't be viewed on the A20/A35/XA2 at 24fps anyway. The anomalies seen with SD DVD (at 720/60p or 1080/60p) have more to do with the unit's widely reported slightly subpar deinterlacing than anything else. However, I find the A35's deinterlacing to be superior to that of my Sony A3000, so I've chosen not to run my A35 at 1080i. (On my system, 1080/60p doesn't have the hideous jaggies issue that 1080/24p does.)
On another note, I think we all might need to take a deep breath and relax a bit. For I believe Toshiba will
come out with a firmware update to address this problem. I've been at this HD DVD thing since nearly the beginning, and I've noticed something with Tosh that consistently occurs: When they "rush" (a relative term, to be sure) their firmware fixes, s**t tends to happen almost without fail. For whatever reason, their technicians just don't seem to work well under the gun or when running against the clock, so to speak. However, between all the HD DVD players I've owned since the outset, there have
been a few updates that were pretty clean and stable. When they screw s**t up (and they've done it more times than not), they tend to come back with an update that may
fix the previous issue but then screws up something else. And that very frustrating merry-go-round keeps turning and turning and turning.
In contrast, Sony and their PS3 will take their sweet-a** time coming out with updates. And almost without fail, their updates are flawless. They test and test and test and test before unleashing it on us. Why Toshiba doesn't do the same, frankly, is beyond me; this MPEG-4 issue should have been an easy catch, all things considered. Still, people moan and grown that Sony takes too long
with their updates. So it seems that no one camp is ever really satisfied. I say we've made the investment (for better or ill), so let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Tosh will still be doing business here in the US, and I don't believe they want this stain hanging over their heads. They even threatened lawsuits against Warner and the BDA earlier this year (for collusion and/or breach, I believe it was reported) but ultimately chose not to persue it in order to protect their other business relationships here, which are substantial. I'm pretty confident they'll do right by us in the end. I don't think there's much to worry about there. What we should
be worried about is the quality
of the update and whether or not it breaks more than it fixes. I, for one, am willing to let Tosh take as long as they deem necessary in order to get this one right. And if they screw us yet again, well... that's a horse of a different color--In the words of Vito Corleone at a meeting with The Commission regarding Sonny's death in the first Godfather, "...and then I will not