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Discussion in 'Televisions' started by loadsofleads, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. loadsofleads

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    DVD Forum ratifies new high definition DVD system

    Following are the pertinent bits from full press release on the DVD Forum’s ratification of the next-generation High Definition DVD format, as reported by Apple on June 23rd and brought to our attention by reader Richard Jordan…

    ”Apple today announced that the DVD Forum has ratified the H.264 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) to be included in the next generation High Definition (HD) DVD format. The H.264/AVC codec was jointly developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has been ratified into the MPEG-4 specification as the next-generation video codec. H.264/AVC is based on open standards and will ship in Apple’s QuickTime software in an upcoming release next year.

    “Apple is firmly behind H.264 because it delivers superb quality digital video and is based on open standards that no single company controls,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "QuickTime 6 has already topped 250 million downloads, making it one of the most successful media standards ever, and we will be adding support for H.264 to QuickTime next year."

    H.264/AVC is an extremely scalable video codec, delivering excellent quality across the entire bandwidth spectrum—from high definition television to video conferencing and 3G mobile multimedia. As shown in a preview at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April, video encoded at full high definition resolution (1920x1080 24p) was played back between 6.8 and 8 Mbps on a dual-processor Power Mac G5 delivering full HD quality at up to half the data rate of MPEG-2."
     
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    Hmmmmmmmm, very interesting and unexpected.
    This is still a different group to those developing Blu-Ray though right :confused:
    I hope Murdoch junior takes heed ;)
    We're getting there boys, at a slower pace than an anthritic ant with heavy shopping, but there is light at the end of the HD tunnel. Now what we need is a DLP Rear Projector with 1920/1080 resolution :eek:
     
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    At a recent trade show I checked out some demonstrations of H.264 vs MPEG2 in real-time encoding and decoding of different resolution material; H.264 was very impressive indeed -- even on SD it was much better quality picture, and less bandwidth required. Nice!

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    sony and panasonic have Blu Ray recorders out already in japan, LG are planning on being out in america early next year.

    its another vhs vrs betamax, but id put my money with the BD group.

    heres hoping the PS3 comes with a BD drive.

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    Yep it will :clap: :clap:

    Sony has finally confirmed that they will use Blu-ray Disc technology in their next-generation PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console. What is more surprising is that they also have plans to equip an upcoming version of their PlayStation 2 (PSX) video game console with a Blu-ray Disc player, so that consumers can enjoy both video games and high-definition movies. Sony hopes that the move will help jump-start the market for the new storage format. The announcement came at a press conference held by the Blu-ray Disc Founders (BDF), who also announced that they are in the process of finalizing the read-only version of the Blu-ray Disc format (BD-ROM) which they expect to be finished by September 30, 2004.

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    This is quite interesting - I really thought the likes of a PS2 would not have the hardware required to deliver up to 60fps of HD material? (Especially when you look at what sort of specced PC you need to play HD stuff!)
     
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    The article I read didn't indicate any PS2 revision incorporating a Blu-ray drive, just the question of backwards compatability via a dual format drive to allow both DVD and PS2 games to be played on a PS3 system.

    Either way good news for Blu-ray and a bright future for HD movies on disk from the companies/studios that are allied to that format.
     
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    I think he was talking about the PSX, which is a Japanese DVD/Tuner/PVR etc and also has PS2 functions included. The unit hasn't sold very well in Japan and is due for a Western release around Christmas time.
    The Japanese one has D-sub connection which I guess is their equivalent to our component.
     

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