Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 5th Jan 2008 04:08 UTC
Multimedia, AV While this might be a bold statement, all things point to this. Blu-Ray was already winning in market share slowly but surely, and today's Warner decision to go BD-only puts the final nails into this HD format war as Warner is the biggest movie distributor. The HD-DVD Group didn't seem to know about Warner's decision and they canceled their CES conference out of the blu tonight, amidst making vague references to possible legal action. My take: I wish Blu-Ray had a region-free policy like HD-DVD does. Living in USA today but one day moving to Europe, it will have an impact in my media library.
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Alex Forster
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I don't know how accurate the rest of your very charged statements are, but WM9 is quantifiably one of if not the best codecs in terms of quality:size.

Edited 2008-01-05 06:10

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nutshell42 Member since:

but WM9 is quantifiably one of if not the best codecs in terms of quality:size.

and h.264 (=MPEG-4 AVC) is quantifiably one of the codecs that's significantly better than VC1 (=WMV9) in terms of quality:size.

The whole discussion is pointless though because both BD and HDDVD support h.264 and VC1. Use whatever you want.

Edited 2008-01-05 13:54

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Kelly Rush Member since:

I agree Alex. Having worked quite a bit with WM9 content for compressing videos, I would have to say, it is probably the easiest way to get quality HD content. That's not to say H.264 isn't good (it is also great, actually), but I just find it a lot easier to get content to WM9 via Microsoft's freely-available tools.

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