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ANNOUNCING: Digital Television Blog

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Think I have enough blogs? Well think again. Okay, stop thinking and go visit my latest endeavor: Digital Television Blog. I actually started it back in August 2004, but then this wacky documentary got in the way and it sat on the backburner. Now it's back and ready to rock - and hopefully make me a few bucks.

Ironically I haven't actually posted about digital television yet. I've been learning a lot about fun toys like the Sony HDR-FX1 HDV High Definition Camcorder (lust!) and the currently troubled state of high-definition DVD technology. Well, that's actually all I've posted about so far - but I plan to keep up. I've learned a fair amount about digital television from my years in public television, and even produced an enhanced version of Almanac for Zenith ETV settop boxes.

As I hinted, I started this blog both out of geek interest, and because I'm looking for ad revenue. I sure didn't want to start an asbestos blog just to get valuable Google Ads – that would bore me to tears. So far I've enjoyed learning about these technologies and lusting after high-def goodies on Amazon, so hopefully this will be a sweet home-based side gig.

So link me up dudes! Digital Television Blog: Paying for Chuck's booze while he videoblogs.

March 31, 2005 at 05:50 AM in Weblogs | Permalink

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Digital Television: Making Geeks the Crack Whores of 21st Century

'Scuse me while I go get my fix.

Posted by: Tim at Mar 31, 2005 5:20:01 PM

Um, more, perhaps, when I'm sober-er, but from what I understand,
the HDR-FX1 is not much of an improvement over the last Sony prosumer
HDV cam. Bascially, because of the MPG compression (not to mention the
faux-24p), HDV is not a viable format for filmmakers. Too much dropout
for too little increase in quality. Good for rich people with HD TVs who
want fancy home videos, but not for serious videographers. This is why,
when I sell my XL-1, I'm going with the DVX-100a.

Posted by: dvd at Apr 1, 2005 3:04:34 AM

I hear you. You drunk bastard. But if you're not outputting to film (increasingly rare, given Landmark Theaters is installing digital projectors) I'd rather have more resolution and the superior low light performance. Still I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison.

Also check out this (work-in-progress) review by the L.A. FInal Cut Users Group:

As I began to write this piece, I was discussing with a documentary filmmaker a project on which I am doing some consulting. He is just getting to the shooting stage and told me he was just about to follow my advice offered about six months ago to buy a DVX100A. "Whoa", I said. Six months ago the DVX was the best option in the price range with the greatest flexibility owing to both 29.97 and 24p possibilities. The world has changed a bit now and HDV is becoming the new DV. "But I really don't want to deliver in HD. DV is fine for this project", he replied. I had no choice but at that very moment to award the first Circle N. It goes to DV footage downconverted from Sony HDV material. No visuals available yet, but I shot a PD150 and an FX-1 side by side. The downconverted FX-1 material simply blows away the DV-originated material.

Posted by: Chuck at Apr 1, 2005 3:53:08 AM

02/21/06 This is the latest information. Your new Blue-Ray or HD-DVD player will NOT output 720p or 1080i from the component video jacks. The only highdef. output will be HDMI with HDCP encription. The disc will be encoded with a "flag" to limit the component output to 480p. See the web site listed. http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6300812.html The AACS (Advanced Access Content System) was approved for both systems.

Partial of artical is below. See Wed Site for all.
Some buyers of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players might not get everything they bargained for.

In a deal reached this week after tense negotiations, the eight-company consortium behind the Advanced Access Content System, created for use by both high-def formats to prevent unauthorized copying, has agreed to require hardware makers to bar some high-def signals from being sent from players to displays over analog connections, sources said.

Instead, the affected analog signal must be “down-converted” from the full 1920x1080 lines of resolution the players are capable of outputting to 960x540 lines—a resolution closer to standard DVDs than to high-def. Standard DVDs are typically encoded at 720 horizontal by 480 vertical lines of resolution.

The 960x540 standard stipulated in the AACS agreement represents 50% higher resolution than standard-def, but only one-quarter the resolution of full high-def. Whether a particular movie is down-converted will be up to the studio.

The players will be required to recognize and respond to a digital flag, called an Image Constraint Token, inserted into the movie data.

The general spec's will also alow that High Def. disc's can be played only at 480P unless the unit is attached to a phone line or internet connection. Permission to play the 720p or 1080i content would then be granted, and get this - they can charge you for a one time view at the higher resolution. It all out there on the Web if you take the time to search. My view is screw them. The increase of picture quality from a upconverted standard DVD to HD is about 20% depending on the up-converts in your player or TV. Plus with a format war in the making how would you like to be the one with the wrong choice. This is a good site for some interesting information. http://hddvd.org/hddvd/
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