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07-02-2009, 07:18 PM
To have a 1080P movie on a Standard or Ultrabit DVD? I'm thinking it could be possible if the movie is spread out over 2-3 discs.
07-02-2009, 08:46 PM
It is possible to do what you are talking about, but you would need a new disc player. The reason that we had the new HDDVD or Blu-Ray format was because the DVD players were not set up to send the information fast enough to get high definition (720p or 1080p). The fastest that players in the US were set up for is 480p, probably as a standard. It makes sense since that is the highest resolution that was readily available to the consumer when the DVD format was released. So, if you have to get a new disc player to play high definition, then why not have it set up so that you don't have to have several discs just to watch one movie. This is why we had the HDDVD and Blu-Ray formats emerge.
07-03-2009, 08:27 AM
Right. To have a high-def movie on several DVDs, you'd really need to be watching it on a computer, in which case you're better off just playing it off the hard drive. Spreading it across several DVDs could be an okay way of shuttling the data from one computer to another, though.
FWIW, the HD DVD format would let you burn high-def video onto a regular DVD and watch it directly through the player.
Don May Jr
07-03-2009, 09:02 AM
I am currently putting together a Media Center PC (and playing around with the pretty amazing WD HD MEDIA PLAYER). I've been ripping a bunch of my rarer/import HD DVDs of movies that haven't come out on BD yet to my hard drive and playing around with compression, etc.
After ripping the HD DVD to the hard drive with AnyDVD HD, I find that most of the actual movie files are only 12-15gig. Unless it's super-long like the German T2 Director's Cut at around 23gig.
Using the program HD/Blu-Ray Stream Extractor, you can grab JUST the video stream and audio stream from a "rip" and convert the audio to standard Dolby Digital or DTS (remember the HD audio codecs are not always compatible with regular amplifiers).
Once you do this, you can "mux" them back together using MKVMERGE and have yourself a nice 1080p Dolby Digital or DTS .MKV file that you can play in your computer or, perhaps, even put on a flash drive and play in a PS3. I've been playing these on the WD HD MEDIA PLAYER with great success, though, and I highly recommend that little piece of equipment. It's less that $100 on AMAZON and has played everything I've loaded into it (you just attach a USB hard drive to the unit and go... it even can load up thumbnails for all your movies (I use the original movie posters)). They sell it at Best Buy, too, but it's around $20 more than AMAZON.
If you really want to put them on 1 DVD-R, then it is possible to convert the "rip" to 720p Dolby Digital or DTS. Just rip the HD DVD/BD to your hard drive then extract the streams like I mentioned above. Then, instead of MKVMERGE, load up a program called RipBot264. Using this program you can load in the 1080p video and audio streams and convert the files to 720p, without recompressing the audio again. But, it still has to recompress the video to 720p, so be prepared to wait around 10 hours for your file to be done (on a fast computer), if you do 2-pass re-encoding.
I've found that most 720p conversions of HD DVD/BD can fit on one dual-layer DVD-R and come in around 6-7gig, usually (unless the movie is really long).
AnyDVD HD is a program you need to pay for, but it does have a 21 day trial. The other programs are free-ware and available on www.videohelp.com
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