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[#] Wed Apr 07 2004 07:35:03 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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Spell, I dunno about you, but my DVD player will autoconvert a PAL DVD to NTSC for display on my TV.

[#] Thu Apr 08 2004 14:19:08 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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That's a good idea, IO. I'll have to check if mine can do that.

Thanks!

[#] Thu Apr 08 2004 16:04:48 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Can somebody point me to an MPEG-2 codec for winblows that'll work with RealPlayer? Thanks.

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 21:27:29 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Spell, look at Gordion Knot: http://gknot.doom9.org/
It uses whatever codecs are on your system. There's a nice codec pack called Nimo at http://nimo.titanesk.com/

Gordion Knot is the swiss army knife of transcoders, it can do pretty much anything.

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 21:30:59 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Check out this home theater.... Wow.

http://theater.stevejenkins.com/

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 22:09:35 EDT from Patriot @ PixelBBS

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Holy COW.

That's amazing.

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 21:52:44 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Wow. Very comfy.

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 22:15:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow... such nice equipment ... such gaudy decor. :)

(Oh, and he spent too much on speaker wire.)

[#] Wed Apr 14 2004 22:46:05 EDT from flynn @ Uncensored

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The guy's got money. Gobs.

I like on the FAQ, the first and most often asked question is:

#1.
Are you completely insane?
The voices in my head are saying "yes."


[#] Thu Apr 15 2004 08:23:40 EDT from wabewalker @ Uncensored

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That is impressive, but I'm with IG on the decor.
This is pretty cool too: http://www.royaldevice.com/custom3.htm

[#] Thu Apr 15 2004 11:58:46 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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The other one was over-the-top decor and a pretty moderate equipment setup.
This one is no decor and over-the-top sound. I'm not sure that any movie soundtrack really lives up to that sound system. But the sub is cool.

[#] Fri Apr 16 2004 17:11:29 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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Netflix rates go up on June 15th. They're raising my monthly cost to $33.99 a month. Damnit. Oh well.

[#] Tue Apr 27 2004 15:18:06 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Mr.T: Thank you very much for the links! I checked out the FAQ's on both and there's definitely a lot there to understand. I kinda knew I'd have to learn something to get this done. :)

Thanks again!
Spell

[#] Tue Apr 27 2004 15:35:13 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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No problem, Spell. A friend of mine understands the stuff better than I do,
so if you have any questions I can't answer, I'll be happy to forward them
to him.

[#] Mon Mar 29 2004 16:10:42 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Not to dispute IG, but this is the first I've heard of DVI being used to carry HDTV. Neat!

Up until now, I always thought you needed component video to handle HDTV signals. From what I understand, though, you need four things in place to have HDTV.

1. An HDTV source program. If I remember correctly, this specifically means you need something encoded as 720 progressive scan lines (720p), or 1080p.
Though 480p will be better than 480i (interlaced, or standard NTSC), it's not "true" HDTV.

2. A DVD player capable of reading and outputting a progressive scan signal.
If you've got component video outputs, or a DVI connector (thanks IG!), then you're probably good to go.

3. An HDTV receiver. Though I'm a little fuzzy on this, you may only need this if you want to view HDTV broadcast or cable programs.

4. An HDTV-capable monitor (duh!). Again, if your TV has component video or DVI inputs, then you may be good to go.

This is just what I've gathered from reading articles in the A/V magazines and grilling the sales guys at the local high-end A/V store. I haven't actually experimented with HDTV yet, though I would love to have a nice 40+" HD-ready plasma TV! :)
HDTV Binder

[#] Mon Mar 29 2004 17:43:48 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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DVD is not a high-definition format. There are a few players out there that will upconvert the frames and output them on a digital wire, but obviously it can't create more resolution than was already on the disc.

There are currently two formats competing to be the "next generation" of video discs: Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD. They both do basically the same thing, but are backed by different organizations. Both will have enough capacity to fit a high-def movie on one disc, and both will have players that output in true HDTV format.

And of course we may expect even *more* draconian DRM on this stuff, so I'm not really in a hurry to see either format go to market soon.

[#] Mon Mar 29 2004 17:47:28 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Q: Is there anything within the current DRM schema to prevent one from, say, recording a HDTV stream on a DVR (e.g., Tivo), then recording the playback stream onto DVD/HD-DVD from the DVR? As I understood it, the current DRM schema is set up so that it will prevent recording of a HDTV stream from an HDTV source onto DVDs/VCs but I wasn't quite clear as to whether DVR devices also were so precluded from being able to record the stream.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2004 12:15:36 EST from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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A few "HDTV" points:
1. DVDs with "anamorphic" format will resize the "letterbox" for 16:9 format.
2. Progressive scan DVD players need a component connection to the TV in order to take advantage of it. S and Composite will work. Many of these players also have a setting in their menus to set the monitor/tv size that you are connected to.
3. You CAN* get HDTV TV's that are 4:3 format! HD is a resolution and broadcast standard, not* a format standard. The 16:9 format is the most common in order to "fit" the "letter box" format used in movie houses. (I think letter box is 14:9).
Most 4:3 HDTV's are labeled HDTV "ready", "compatable", or other similar nameing. With the right receiver they will accept the digital input and generate a 16:9 frame.
4. Be careful what you view on your HDTV. While screen technology is advancing, there are still a LOT of monitors/tvs out there that will burn black bars onto the sides of your viewing area if the majority of your viewing is 4:3 format. You are better off letting the monitor/tv re-format the input to fit the screen. Yes, you will get streatching, but for general tv viewing you should get used to it. The same goes for viewing 14:9 letterbox movies. the black bar moves to the top and bottom, but it may also leave a permenent scar. RTFM and YMMV. I got lucky, The HDTV we just got (RCA 34" Direct View) has a setting that automatically detects the input format and resizes on the fly to fill the screen.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2004 12:17:52 EST from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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AFAIK you can get DVDR's that work similar to the TIVO's. I know that Dish Network offers a satallite receiver w/ DVDR.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2004 12:54:20 EST from Ygorl @ Uncensored

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I believe those are DVRs (Digital Video Recorders), not DVDRs. TIVO is basically a heavily branded DVR.

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