Why choose and editable computer file instead of an old fashioned DVD?
Posted in: | October 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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With MOVIE FILM, when we capture it on our scanners, a very large high quality computer video file is created. To create a DVD that will play in a home DVD player, we must compress them to a fraction of their size because the amount of data a DVD can store is very limited. DVDs are also only 480p resolution while our scanner is 1536p.
With VIDEO TAPE, the bit rate we capture at is much higher than what we are able to do to a DVD with a two hour play time. While this isn’t quite a critical as it is with movie film, it’s still a real quality issue.
To add to the issues of lower quality when converting movie films and video tapes to DVD, DVD was designed by the movie industry to be hard to copy. While not impossible, doing the DVD “rip” that is required to make the copy, further degrades the image.
The way people approach home video has evolved and more and more of our clientele now request editable computer files. They are much better than a DVD for…
Being a high quality master
Home computer editing
Copying and creating multiple DVDs or Blu rays if desired
File conversions for iPod, home entertainment networks and various devices
Remaining current with whatever the latest media is
For simply looking clearer and sharper
Even if you don’t understand the technology, it is definitely worthwhile keeping a high quality digital master for family members that do or that will. DVD is slowly becoming what VHS was in the 90s – robust computer files will remain relevant and are expandable into the future.