Friday, December 31, 2004

HD Noir for 2005

Subject: Noir


"Noir [...] to be Released in Windows Media High Definition Video and 5.1 DTS Surround Sound Audio"


The HD will be Windows Media... Which is kind of lame. And the DTS soundtrack is for the accompanying standard-def DVD that will be packaged with it; DTS doesn't work with WMV.

I'd like to find out if the DVDs are going to have the video re-encoded to eliminate all of the bad flags, and maybe clean it up a tad. If so, then it's a no-brainer for me. I have the gear to play the WMV just fine, but I really prefer the sound output from my Denon 3910.

And if it weren't for the way Microsoft has locked the WMV format, I would be able to encode my own "perfect" DVD using the hi-res source. Oh well.

I should really just wait for the real HD format to be decided upon and buy it then. But if not for early adopters like me, would companies like ADV even take a chance again if this "experiment" flops? Dunno.

Well, I'm sure I have time to decide one way or the other!

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