Originally Posted by PaulGo
So are you saying that the additional bandwidth provided by the Blu-ray disc specification compared to the HD-DVD specification would not offer any advantages for VC-1?
Whether or not it offers tangible advantages for the video encoding, it unquestionably is advantageous for seamless branching, support of additional audio tracks and languages, etc.
as usual, thankful for your candid and "un-spun" feedback. Refreshing.
Regarding your notion that that the available headroom on BD can be used to provide other content such as lossless 24-bit audio, additional languages, or interactive content once video transparency is acheived, I'm wondering if you've heard any rumblings among the BDA or content providers about using the secondary video stream to support an alternate "angle" in 1080p24 resolution for full-fidelity 3-D encoded HDM. The discs could play normally in 2-D via the primary video stream, and special 3-D enabled BD players could decode the secondary video stream in full 1080p24 and then provide this to the user via any means the viewer desires:
* matrixed into a single "L/R/L/R" alternating 1080p48,60,72 or 120 Hz signal for LCD shutter glasses.
* output via two dedicted HDMI outputs for dual-projection using polarized light
3-D encoding and display has always been compromised in home-video, and Blu-ray actually has the potential to deliver it in full fideltiy without compromise, and have those same discs enjoyed by conventional 2-D viewers with full backwards compatibility on stardard BD gear. I'd love to know if any progress is being made.