Hi Comp. I appreciate the


Hi Comp.

I appreciate the information on the MBP on the other thread.

I never did understand why ‘they’ ditched HD-DVD. Why take something affordable (that people would probably use) and replace it with something that is unaffordable, that no one is using? I just don’t get it. I would have happily used HD-DVD, as it would have been perfect for what I am doing.

I should let you know, though, that I may have a different ‘client base’ than most.Essentially I am making training videos and documentaries for our members’ use, both for now and in the future. The plan is to make the videos available at cost through a print on demand house, and also to make a self-extracting .iso file available for purchase on the web. Basically we only plan to charge cost, and no profit (since our ethics rules say we are supposed to survive on donations only). Then we also want to upload the video to YouTube, Veoh, Vimeo, Metacafe and Mogulus in whatever formats they have (SD, HQ, and HD), and then to embed these videos on our website, so that Vimeo or YouTube (or someone else) carries the bandwidth.

Eventually, I expect the resolution standards togo higher, and I’d really rather not have to re-record, unless I have to. What that means to me, in practical terms, is that if I both record, burn, uploadand archive in both SD and HD now, then whatever format they ultimately come out with (HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, Flash media, or whatever), all I have to do is to figure out how to cut it over to the appropriate format.

I wish my machine was 1080p, but 1080i is probably good enough; plus we already have it, and we are flat out of budget for new equipment. So my present plan is toburn,edit, upload, embed, distribute, and also archive in as high of resolution as possible.I understand that HDV tape isa decent archiving format,soI will probablymake two or three copies of HDV tape, and then store them in different locations.

It is an excellent point you make aboutBlu-Ray. I am not presently aware of anyPrint-On-Demand Blu-ray facility; and if people are not using that format (because of cost), then why invest in a burner? Why not just archive back to HDV tape, and then wait for whatever format eventually actually takes off?

The Matrox will work for me on this machine, and for right now, because I have an HDV camera (although it is only 1080i, and not 1080p), and with the economy looking like it is, I will probably have it for a long, long time. So that is what I have, so I had better get used to it. But maybe some day I will get blessed with a 2K machine! And then I will also needa new computer….anda Mojo….hrmm….

So for right now I am just happy that I am finally getting time to dig into the Douglas Spotted Eagle training DVD, because it means I am getting closer to being able to actually get started. I have been looking forward to this for a very long time, and now that it is almost here it is scary.


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