Spork Boards

HTMac

Madaracs's Avatar Picture Madaracs – December 12, 2007 11:21PM Reply Quote
Macs as home theatre PCs!

A place to discuss your latest home theater projects including (but not limited to):

  • Your latest video project
  • Problems you're having setting up equipment
  • Discussing aspect ratios and other technical home theatre related topics
  • That new popcorn machine you're buying for your home theatre
  • The size of your screen
  • And if you order now, we'll throw in a second absolutely FREE!

Madaracs – December 12, 2007 11:26PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I recently discovered something very cool with Handbrake. When I went to play the movie Tron on my iPod, I noticed that the chapter breaks were there! Just like when you download a movie from the iTunes store! It seems when you use the AppleTV setting in Handbrake, it marks the chapters as you go along. Sweet!

stan adams – December 13, 2007 10:39AM Reply Quote
How long 'til the RIAA (or whatever the f the movie version of it is) starts suing individual users of handbrake? Maybe their lawyers are too busy with the writers guild negotiations, but you gotta know that they will be coming soon...

Madaracs – December 13, 2007 05:54PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Why would they sue a user of handbrake? They're more likely to track those who distribute the movies or those who use bittorrent clients. How in the HELL would they catch me ripping my own movie for my own use? They would have to live in your house.

stan adams – December 13, 2007 05:57PM Reply Quote
mostly joking, but I do think that is the attitude of the media business "users want to view OUR content without paying us AGAIN?!?"

rino – December 13, 2007 06:10PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Oh I still think this will be the year for such a headline:

"Carolers Sued for Singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer"

Madaracs – December 14, 2007 11:21AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
That would not be unfunny.

rino – December 14, 2007 11:48AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
It'd make a great Onion ... for someone with time or wherewithal to submit.


Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 08:32PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I realized last night that I still haven't upgraded the Mac mini in my theater to Leopard.

Madaracs – December 17, 2007 09:28AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Oh and the chapters thing in handbrake... doesn't matter if you use the Apple TV setting or not. It's just a new tab within the software allowing for chapter breaks no matter what encoding you prefer.

Simon – December 17, 2007 07:57PM Reply Quote
Thats good to know. I find it amusing that QT had all of the features of DVD long before DVD did. Which means that Apple could deliver the full DVD 'experience' through iTMS if they chose too.

stan adams – December 18, 2007 11:59AM Reply Quote
Quote
simon
means that Apple could deliver the full DVD 'experience' through iTMS if they chose too.

Or, more accurately, when the studio execs decide that GEE, sellling LOTS more content w/o the hassle of physical product at a more reasonable price point sure beats being stupid...

I was at Costco this weekend and I don't think it is any secret that they are moving a whole helluva lot of HD flat panels and rear projectors. In years past they also sold an awful lot of DVDs, tons of box sets of series TV and movies. This year the have like one or two HD or BluRay titles (which are not prominent at all...) and MUCH SMALLER than usual selection of regular DVDs -- I think this might be the mule kick that the studios need to wake up and put more content in iTMS.

Madaracs – December 18, 2007 05:15PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
See, now I'm pissed off.

Blade Runner was re-released today in Blue-Ray. Supposedly this is the version to have with three versions of the film. I don't have a Blue-Ray player. I don't have an HD-DVD player. And I don't want to buy either one! It pisses me off there is not one standard player for both platforms. It pisses me off there is a war between formats that has no end in sight. Sony finally owns enough of the market in one particular medium to be dangerous. Beta failed (albeit very very slow), Minidisc failed in the U.S., Memory Stick will someday be a memory and now we have Blue-F'n-Ray. Big-F'n-Deal. I'm so tired of Disney being only available on Blue Ray and Star Trek only on HD-DVD that I may never buy a player unless someone convinces me there is a financially sane way to handle this.

Like others, Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time. I don't want to buy a PS3. Maybe someday Apple will offer their own content in HD and I can just ignore both, rip the DRM out and make my own content. Maybe everyone on the board will read this post in htmac. OK, so I'll probably never see it happen.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/2007 05:16PM by Madaracs.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 20, 2007 07:38PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
I hope both formats fail and they are replaced with something that's consumer friendly.

Madaracs – December 21, 2007 10:37AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
There is a new LG Player that is supposed to do both. I could live with a dual format player, I guess. But it will probably be buggy and too damn expensive to start with.

Curtis – December 21, 2007 01:24PM Reply Quote
We have one kinda like that at work (older model I think). Only problem is it doesn't seem to play BD-R or BD-RE discs like our trusty PS3.

Dual format? What about all the others....

Madaracs – December 21, 2007 02:19PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Dunno. There are some bad reviews about the LG one not playing regular CDs tho. That seems awfully weird to me.

stan adams – December 21, 2007 03:16PM Reply Quote
I was talking with my friendly neighborhood A/V shop owner and he has had nothing good to say about the LG dual format player. He believes that the current HD-DVD vs BluRay war will continue through 2008, but be over in about 2 years. Nominal "neutrality" exists becuase LG & Smasung have built both chipsets into one machine (as they hold licenses form both camps). Essentially this is like "paying for" both technologies. Not good.

The license holders of the competing systems are really hurting (Japan has been in recession for going on a decade) and they really don't want to let the South Koreans kick 'em to the curb. Both camps will likely cooperate on an 'all-in-one' chipset that somebody like Broadcom or Dolby will then license, or else the mess will get worse and a non-compatible optical or flash format will gain a foothold.

SO -- upconverting players --> good cheap source
-- "pure" HD-DVD or BluRay players (including XBox & PlayStation) --> dinosaur tech, but the next gen video games will have another round of life
-- current "dual format" players --> harbinger of the future, but just too "bleeding
edge"
https://myces.bdmetrics.com/Portal/ViewCompany.aspx?id=3569766

https://myces.bdmetrics.com/Portal/ViewCompany.aspx?id=3570124

https://myces.bdmetrics.com/Portal/ViewCompany.aspx?id=3569849

Look for "next gen" dual format players to be part of the buzz from the 2008 CES, but not ready for selling until 2009's CES...

Madaracs – December 21, 2007 03:52PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Is anyone else besides Sparby buying HD-DVD and BlueRay players? If so, can you tell me your thoughts on either format...

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login