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[#] Wed Mar 31 2004 15:08:50 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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Which types of HDTV's are susceptible to this burn-in and which are not? This is one of the big things that is keeping me from buying an HDTV right now.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2004 17:19:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Good HDTV sets offer a mode that stretches the image more at the edges than in the center, so you don't end up seeing images where everyone appears to be as wide as Camryn Manheim normally looks.

Really, they should have made provisions for "cropping coordinates" in the HDTV standard. So if you're watching it on a non-wide screen, the downconverter would know where to crop each frame. This would have provided the optimal viewing experience while eliminating the need to offer separate 4:3 and 16:9 formats.

[#] Tue Apr 06 2004 17:37:35 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: HDTV and DRM.

From what I understand, modern DVR's are supposed to prevent you from making a digital copy of an HDTV program if that program specifies no copying. I believe that Macrovision is also used to prevent copies from being made off of the analog video outputs. I don't know if the source program needs to be recorded with Macrovision, or whether the DVR's can generate it on the fly.
Copy Binder

[#] Tue Apr 06 2004 17:55:39 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Ok, I've got an interesting problem that I'm looking for advice on.

I had recorded SciFi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries onto my DVR, and then, in a royal fit of stupidity, erased it. So I found a copy on BitTorrent, but it's a PAL recording with a frame size of 720x336. I'm going to keep searching to see if I can find an NTSC encoded version, but in the meantime, I've been using Windows Media Encoder 9 to try and re-encode the video so I can burn it onto DVD (using Roxio's DVD Builder).

At first, I started re-encoding at 30 frames per second (fps) with a frame size of 1080x720, but it was taking forever to process, so I cancelled that.
Then, I tried encoding at 30 fps, 640x480. This took less time, but the resulting output was squeezed horizontally; circles came out looking like eggs, etc. I then found a way to override the canned profiles and set the frame size to 720x480, but the video still comes out slightly squeezed, though not as bad as the 640x480 output.

I've been trying to encode to a vertical resolution of 480 because, if I remember correctly, NTSC (which is my desired output format) has 480 scan lines. I realize that this is more scan lines that the original was encoded with, and I can live with that, but I'd really like the aspect ratio to be correct. Windows Media Encoder doesn't seem to have a place to do resizing (only cropping). Is there another program that can do what I want? Am I going about this the wrong way? Will I just have to eat crow and live with some stretching/squeezing? Or should I just bite the bullet and crop it?
Ideally, I'd love to turn the full-screen 720x336 video into a letterboxed 720x480, that way, there's no stretching or squeezing and no futzing with the resolution because I'll just be adding 72 scan lines of black on top and bottom.

Suggestions? Questions? Sushi?
Conversion Binder

[#] Wed Apr 07 2004 03:43:16 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Speaking of Macrovision, I now own a DVD that I can't play on my computer b/c my DVD Player doesn't have Macrovision installed in it. =b (And I don't own a regular DVD-player---play everything on the 'puter).

[#] 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.


[#] 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:
It uses whatever codecs are on your system. There's a nice codec pack called Nimo at

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.

[#] 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:

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:

[#] 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.

[#] Fri Apr 30 2004 16:25:04 EDT from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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I've been skipping by this room for a while now and have been wanting to look at the studio photos... WOW, nice setup... I've been planing to have a home theater consultant come out and give me a quote on building a theater in my basement. I'm expecting him to give me a $20k quote... but it should give me a good idea of what I can do with the space I have... I thought I could do the construction myself... but now I wonder if the acustic planing and design is even within my abilities...

[#] Sat May 08 2004 13:31:02 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Urban myth busted: quacks *do* echo

[#] Mon May 10 2004 11:58:52 EDT from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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TLC/Discovery's Myth Busters blew that one out of the water last fall. (don't remember the date)

[#] Mon May 10 2004 17:07:23 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Ah, I missed that one. That show *rocks*.

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