Blue Highways

eMedia/EventDV By Victoria Heiland - Posted Dec 1, 2004 Emedia All signs point to a hi-def future as long as we're still delivering content on shiny discs, we'll need a DVD-or worthy successor-that can handle hi-def content. Two blue laser-based formats, Blu-ray and HD-DVD, suggest different, equally likely roads to the same destination. Both have powerful backing, with NEC, Sanyo, and Toshiba on the HD-DVD side and Sony, Philips, and Pioneer on the Blu-ray side. Many questions remain: How do the formats differ? Which one will win out? And who will decide? We've come a long way since the days of videotapes and laserdiscs played through low-resolution, big-box CRT TVs. Will DVD be the next casualty as video delivery technology marches on? High-definition video is slowly, but surely, becoming an industry standard for both television and movies. Each year, more and more people buy HDTVs, and most television stations will be broadcasting in Digital Television (DTV) by the end of 2006. But DTV and HDTV are nothing without high-definition digital content. And where is that content coming from? On the content-creation end of the process, high-definition video production tools are rapidly approaching the broadcast mainstream. Many Hollywood and independent films are already shot and delivered, where possible, in HD. While most HD-capable camcorders sell for more than $50,000 and target electronic news gathering and other broadcast markets, HDV camcorders from JVC and Sony are bringing hi-def video into play as a viable videography medium. Soon, an increasing number of videographers and other digital studio pros will be working with high-definition media and developing content that's tailor-made for their clients' HDTV home theaters. read more...

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