Remember S-VCD? Well, it’s time for Super-DVD, S-DVD or SDVD.
We have hi-def camcorders and flat-screen TVs on the wall. Now we need a way to burn and play back our high-definition home movies - inexpensively.
Do you realize how close an upconverting DVD player is to an hi-def player? It wouldn’t take much to get those things to do what we want. Perhaps just the right codec.
I have been reading about various hi-def initiatives in the far-east. HD-VMD appears to be the latest in a short list of proposed formats for which they don’t have to pay royalties. The hardware is relatively cheap since it is based upon the currently used red laser. Current single-layer DVDs would provide about twenty minutes - which is about the longest attention span our families have for home movies anyway! Double-layer disks would provide about forty minutes and the far-east suppliers are talking about three layers or more in the future.
Commercial movies were never released on SVCD and this format would support the same users - those who make home videos. Can the users of this forum rally around this format and hasten its appearance in the home?