HD DVD project questions  
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Gerrit L





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Hi all,

I've been making a lot of SD DVD's the past 5 years so I want to give it a try to author a HD DVD. A client is releasing a 2 DVD box with 6 episodes that have been shot in HD 1080i and asked me if it's possible to author it for HD medium. I want to suggest to release it as a standard DVD box with 2 extra discs containing the HD version of the filmedit. Since there are no players available yet in Europe I'm not very eager to release it on a true HD-DVD medium but to compromise I would like to replicate it on 2 x DVD-9 .
The footage is about 2 x 2.5 hours with 5.1 audio.
To be on the safe side I would also like to rebuild the project in Director with the same assets so I can include an executable people can use on their PC's because there is not yet a software player available (or will there be very soon ). Is this possible or is it necessary to pack the content into an ACA file In that case I don't have access to the media files with my executable. I would like the discs to be forward compatible with the future players off course.
What video and audio codec would give the best result and what are the maximum and minimum bitrates How can I format the master and on what medium can I deliver it to the replication house
And when will there be HD players released in Europe (I'm living in Belgium)
Right, that's it for now but there are more question where these came from...
I just hope it all makes a bit of sense...

Kind regards and thanks in advance.


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Peter Torr - MSFT





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Hi,

The best thing for you to do is probably to find a local replicator that is doing HD DVD and find out what they like best for mastering -- could be as simple as having the files on an external firewire drive.

Microsoft has a PC-only format called WMV-HD that is basically high-definition Windows Media on a DVD-9, but that won't play in HD DVD players. If you format your discs to be the real HD DVD format (which you can still put on DVD-9 media as well as the newer HD DVD-15 / 30 media) then it will play in hardware players and with software players like those from Sonic, ****link, and Ulead, but it won't play from your Director app (since it has its own file format).

As for codecs... if you use WMV-HD then there are your codecs right there... otherwise, it's VC-1, MPEG-4, or MPEG-2 (not recommended),



 
 
Gerrit L





PostPosted: HD DVD Interactivity Authoring, HD DVD project questions Top

Hi Peter,Thanks for the reply. Will there be an update soon for the Windows Media Player to play HD DVD discs Thanks again,Gerrit
 
 
Peter Torr - MSFT





PostPosted: HD DVD Interactivity Authoring, HD DVD project questions Top

There are no current announcements around HD DVD and Windows Media Player. If you want to try software playback today, most of the traditional DVD software players have an HD DVD version already done (or in the works).