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I am trying to get up the learning curve here and I would greatly appreciate any expert opinions on the future of hard disc drive based entertainment -- music, movies and games.


I recently received an email containing a DVD preview clip which, although hardly HDTV, seemed less jittery and much higher quality than video I am accustomed to seeing on the web.


Does this mean, therefore, that everything -- at some point -- will migrate to hard drives and DVD, SACD, CD, PS II, X-Box, etc will all live on gigantic hard drives and their dedicated devices made obsolete?


As soon as there is sufficient storage, why wouldn't all of this entertainment just live on a hard drive for high quality, instantaneous random access to anything we want to watch or listen to?


Will the industry resist this? Will audiophile/videophile standards be possible or is that still 10+ years away? Would HDTV or SACD require such huge amounts of storage that the storage would still be prohibitively expensive? Is there another forum or website where I can further research this topic? Thank you very much.


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In the meantime, how do I convert DVD scenes or chapters to hard drive on a windows based environment? Does this require loads of memory for decent quality?
 

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Thank you. Fascinating, and I look forward to reading everything on that site.


For now, is there another thread or can someone explain the basics to me for movies?


Does a DVD writer program store the file in the same way that a CD burner stores an uncompressed WAV file, before turning it into a cheap MP3?


How much memory is required to store a full length movie in uncompressed and compressed formats etc. Does that mean I can load a movie or two onto a laptop instead of schlepping external drives, DVDs etc on a plane flight?


Or are we still a couple of years and a few hundred gig away?
 
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