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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Extreme Edition)

Discussion in 'DVD players' started by nqq, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. nqq

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    Has anyone watched the high definition version on the T2: Extreme Edition dvd with the recommended PC requirments? How does it look? Is it noticably better than standard dvd quality?
     
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    Wrong forum - what has it got to do with DVD Hardware? This is for the off topic forum!
     
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    The reason I posted in this forum was because the high definition version requires special hardware and software.
     
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    Jesus thats some high spec disc! I think i leave it to my Marantz theatre and 60" projector to try it rather than my 2.53GHz comp
     
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    I've found some more websites about it.

    This site says it is impossible for a DVD to hold HD video: http://timefordvd.com/tutorial/HDDVDTutorial.shtml

    This site says Windows Media 9 solved data compression issues: http://investor.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-21176889-0.html

    This site says the HD DVD is more resistant to tampering and piracy: http://www.iht.com/articles/95700.html

    This site says it will only play with Region 1 players:
    http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/displaynews.php?id=3940
     
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    HD DVD is something for the future. Who knows what form it will end up taking, a blue laser, a red one, enevitably it means upgrading our systems to cope with it.

    The future i feel for HD DVD is more than likely the new blue laser systems. These systems can hold up to 12 times more data on a similar disc to a DVD-R (though they are cartridges). With Sony's new blue laser system, data transfer rates of 76MB a second may not be too far away! Couple this with discs that will be able to handle 50GB by 2005 and 100GB a few years later, the oportunities are amazing. With a system like this, i would be able to utilise my 60" 1280x1024 projector. However, backward compatibility is an issue i would be worried about. Blue laser systems cannot read red laser (current DVD) systems. That would mean having a system that contained both red and blue lasers.

    There already is a blue laser system available for recording on to called Blu Ray. It retails for around $3000 i think, but is pretty useless to have since nothing really plays it and normal DVD's are compressed before putting on to disc anyway. If you were to take a normal DVD, before it is compressed, you will find it to be a lot lot more than 8GB or whatever it is. Lets hope in the next 5 years, a system is brought out without as much compression on it. We might even begin to see LPCM as the stereo sound track and THX 2GB sound files!
     
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    If this Terminator 2 DVD can hold HD video, why do we need another format? I've read that if you have a big screen HD monitor or projector you can plug your PC into it so you don't have to watch it on a regular small monitor.
     
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    Thats true about plugging a projector into the computer using the VGA, i can do it.

    The HD DVD is not really HD DVD on the terminator disc. It is software enforced rather than hardware. Basically it is a work around!
     
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    I've bought the DVD. When I play it on my 2.4ghz PC it lowers the framerate down to 14fps. I wondered if copying it onto my harddrive and playing back the image file would help any. It did. When I play it from my harddrive it plays smoothly except for the beginning of a few chapters the screen goes black for a few seconds.

    I assume this works because my harddrive can be read faster than a dvd-rom. But why would having a 3ghz allow the dvd-rom to read faster?

    What are the benefits of HD being hardware enforced rather than software? Is having a high-end pc with microsoft software the only real drawback? Why shouldn't future dvd standalone players adopt this 'work around'?

    On my 19" 1600x1200 monitor I can really notice more clarity in the HD version.
     
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    Are my last questions too techincal to get simple answers?
     
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