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'captured' HD converted to wmvhd, is it really HD?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by dekoded, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. dekoded

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    It seems more and more movies are becoming 'available' long before they are officially released, I read this article and it says that these movies are somehow being captured and then converted to the WMV format which supposedly ' reduces the filesize from 10gb to 4gb without a visible loss of quality '.

    I'm in no way suggesting that people should 'obtain' these movies, I am just curious as to how a HD movie could be captured, converted and the file size reduced and yet still be called High Definition?
     
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    The home made wmv movies are still at HD resolutions and for the most part have DD audio but you take a compressed mpegII video and then recompress it using a mpeg4 based codec you will lose picture quality, no question!

    For the most part it seems people choose this just for the convienence of having a HD movie on a single layer DVD and are willing to sacrifice some image quality until such a time that HD-DVD and Blu-ray emerge.

    Hand on heart I have two professional wmv DVD's and I do not rate them against the .ts mpegII captures that are floating around the internet. I do not know if this is a result of less than perfect source material but the codec or the encoding process doesn't seem a patch on the tried and trusted mpegII system. Having said that they do out perform an upconverted DVD source of the same movie:)
     

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