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Why Windows Media? Hutchison DVD

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  • Tim Ventura
    Dear All: I had a few questions about why we ve put the Hutchison DVD in Windows Media 10 format, so here is an overview of the reasoning: Our original footage
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 11 4:23 PM
      Dear All:

      I had a few questions about why we've put the Hutchison DVD in Windows Media
      10 format, so here is an overview of the reasoning:

      Our original footage started out as a compilation of 6 DVD's in MPEG2 format
      -- this is extremely difficult to work with because it's a new & emerging
      video standard, and while our editing equipment can import it, it's a
      challenge to process efffectively. American Antigravity is a non-profit, and
      we don't yet have the extensive media-instrastructure for large-scale video
      production. DVD footage is spindled into a massive file that the DVD-player
      decodes, so even the process of importing it to make edits changes the data
      to some degree. Recompressing it to DVD at this point wouldn't make sense.

      From these 6 DVD's, we have nearly 3 hours of footage,and nearly 1,000
      photos from our trip. If I put this onto a standard DVD, it would require
      cutting the resolution of the footage, as well as severely limiting the way
      that we present the photos.

      Windows Media Player 10 was the choice for presenting this footage for a
      number of reasons:

      1. Most personal computers already have WinMedia onboard -- if you use
      auto-update, you already have Windows Media Player 10 installed.

      2. MPEG2 format usually requires some type of special codec, and there are
      severe limits to how well it will compress. Transferring this footage to an
      MPEG1 format would reduce compression even further, and make the picture
      more blurry.

      3. Unlike RealPlayer, Windows Media doesn't take over your system when you
      install/play it. For instance, the RealOne player wants all sorts of
      customer information when you install it, and once it's loaded it creates a
      massive footprint that dramatically impacts your computer's system
      performance. This is something that RealNetworks did beginning with the
      "RealOne" player, but they've limited their codecs so that you can no longer
      compress to the older formats.

      4. Windows Media offers the best onboard compression on the market, because
      they're currently competing with RealNetworks to become the next-generation
      "standard" for streaming media. Thus, they're producing a top-quality
      product that almost never crashes, and they're releasing it for free in
      order to build marketshare.

      Using Windows Media 10 means that our video compressed to fit on a single
      DVD without any loss to picture quality, and it left room on the disk for
      all of the photos that we took. I also recompressed our audio-interviews
      from last year and added them as well, as they are a great technical
      overview of what John's research is all about -- with expert analysis by Ted
      Gagnon during the joint interview.

      I realize that a lot of people have an axe to grind against using Microsoft
      products -- and as a Unix SysAdmin I can identify with many of the
      complaints. However, please trust me that I've tried all of the audio/video
      options available and Windows Media really is the best one currently


      Tim Ventura
      http://www.americanantigravity.com <http://www.americanantigravity.com/>

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