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limelite
Blu-Ray (or HD) - will it make us wish we'd waited to convert VHS>DVD?
on Jul 11, 2005 at 6:31:50 pm

I'm just wondering if when the new Blu-Ray format comes out (or it's competitor) if we will be shooting ourselves in the foot for converting VHS to current DVD-/+Rs.

For example, will we be able to get better results using Blu-Ray - more genuine, archival quality transfers from VHS to DVD? Or is it more of a analog>digital conversion issue that will not be resolved by alloting more storage space? i.e. is a current VHS to DVD-R transfer done today pretty much the best I can do given the limitations of the conversion process? Or will Blu-Ray give us archival quality copies?

To be honest I'm not sure which I'm hoping for. I would love the transfer to be archival quality, but I will be somewhat frustrated since I just bought a DVD burner and have already copied over some older home movies and ditched the original since I assumed it was the best that could be done. Thanks for any feedback you can offer.

-Limelite


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Borjis
Re: Blu-Ray (or HD) - will it make us wish we'd waited to convert VHS>DVD?
on Jul 11, 2005 at 9:45:29 pm


no not at all really since these are high-definition formats
and not standard definition which vhs falls very much below.

A DVD has 480 lines of resolution.
Vhs has 240 lines of resolution.

HD has 1080 or 720.

you can see the HD would be overkill and completely unnecessary.


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Bill Stephan
Re: Blu-Ray (or HD) - will it make us wish we'd waited to convert VHS>DVD?
on Jul 12, 2005 at 3:35:22 pm

I wouldn't lose too much sleep over the forthcoming HD-DVD formats. VHS is minimal quality NTSC which looks pretty bad on a large HD display. If you have access to a $350,000 standards converter, you can make it look farly good. Otherwise don't worry about it. Standard def DVD will be around for a long time -- there are just too many discs out there.

Bill Stephan
Senior Editor/DVD Author
USA Studios
New York City


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