It’s been awhile since I’ve done a reader survey. Last year I asked a few questions to get a better handle on what topics readers are most interested in seeing me write about. I continue to remain cognizant of those interests and should likely ask similar questions again.
With all the hype around whether Blu-ray or HD-DVD will be the winner of the race for HD shiny disks, I’m asking some basic questions about HDTV, HD disks and HD video editing. I’m requiring a valid email address as part of the responses so that I can contact one person selected at random to send a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate. I’ll post the aggregate results of the survey, minus any personally identifying info next week. Feel free to add any additional comments on HD present and future in the comments below.
|Do you own an HDTV?||
No – Plan to buy in 2007
No – Plan to buy someday
No – Will NEVER buy an HDTV
|Do you own an HD camcorder?||
Yes – I have an HDV camcorder
Yes – I have an AVCHD camcorder
No – I plan to buy an HD camcorder in 2007
No – I plan to buy an HD camcorder someday
No – I will never buy an HD camcorder
What is an HD camcorder?
|Do you own an HD disk player?||
HD-DVD (either standalone or Xbox 360)
Blu-ray (standalone or PS3)
Both HD-DVD and Blu-ray
I do not own an HD disk player
|Do you have HD video editing software (if yes, which software are you using)?|
|Are you aware that you can burn HD-DVDs on a standard DVD disk, without buying any new hardware?|
I am not to high on HD merely because a finer resolution or more life like quality does not interest me. Its like music, what was wrong with the old LPs, (sarcasm here, well its just not the best quality sound.) Let me ask you who set this standard for sight and sound that everyone is trying to aspire to. Different people like different things and I am tired of others telling me what I should like or dislike.
Is HD the industry’s way of continuing to try to capture the intrinsic quality and depth of any kind of tape/film media? It’s not been greatly successful so far. Digital may be easier to use and store and have greater longevity, but so far I haven’t seen anything with the visual definition of film, nor heard digital music that even compares to sound played back on a reel-to-reel. On the other hand, it has brought the ability to create media to the masses, and allowed a generation to produce it in their living rooms….
I recently wrote a blog post titled “Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD, why I’m sitting this out” It is at http://rhftech.com/hd/blu-ray-vs-hd-dvd-why-i-am-sitting-this-out.html
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