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----- Original Message -----
From: "Lori Stevens" <STEVENLO@uvsc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Blu-Ray and HD DVD
> Meghan is probably way more up to speed than I but here is my 2 cents:
> What I have read and am being told by my tekkie gurus is that Blu-Ray is
> the next generation of DVD and that the players will be backward
> compatable. They are supposed to hold an incredible amount of information
> like 9 hours of video on one disc. We are in the programing stages for a
> new building so this impacts our planning for future stack space 10 years
> down the road in a big way. I am hoping it comes and quickly.
> Lori Stevens
> Media Librarian
> Utah Valley State College Library
> Orem, Utah 84058
> Buffy: "See, this is a school. And we have students
> and they check out books. And then they learn things."
> (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)
>>>> firstname.lastname@example.org 10/5/2005 6:27 AM >>>
> I'm guessing that most institutions will wait until the market 'settles'
> before choosing one or the other -- right now it seems too close to
> call. The standing argument that HD-DVD is cheaper is practically mute
> now, since they have improved the manufacturing process for Blu-Ray to
> make it almost identical (even the old assembly lines will have to
> upgrade for HD-DVD, although the same basic process - such as platter
> thickness, glue, etc. - stay the same). I suppose short term this may
> be an argument for some manufacturers, but we're talking pennies at
> large quantities. Also, there is no quality difference in material
> between HD-DVD or Blu-Ray - they are simply physical disc formats. The
> quality is determined by whatever compression is used, and both formats
> can utilize the same compression types. The difference MAY be in that a
> large Blu-Ray disc may be able to use higher compression to squeeze more
> material with less loss in quality, although it seems doubtful that this
> would be the done. Both formats will max out at around 28-29 Mbps and
> Dual layer HD-DVDs will be easily able to hold long movies with some
> extras at that size, just like Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray does have a definite
> advantage for computer users who are looking to store more data on a
> disc though, but that is unrelated to watching movies on a DVD player.
> In a nutshell: ???
> Meghann R. Matwichuk, M.S.
> Assistant Librarian
> Instructional Media Department
> Morris Library, University of Delaware
> 181 S. College Ave.
> Newark, DE 19717
> (302) 831-1475
> Tatar, Becky wrote:
>> Just checking to see what everyone's plans for these two formats are.
>> Are you jumping in on both sides? Are you going to take a wait and
>> see attitude to see if one format becomes dominant? Will you wait for
>> patron demand? I know this is a repeat of the VHS/Betamax problem in
>> the 80s. Is one of these formats better, or are they equal in
>> quality? Inquiring minds want to know, and in English, not
>> technospeak. Thanks, and now I'll go whimper in the corner.
>> Becky Tatar
>> Aurora Public Library
>> 1 E. Benton Street
>> Aurora, IL 60505
>> Phone: 630-264-4100
>> FAX: 630-896-3209
>> _www.aurora.lib.il.us_ <file://www.aurora.lib.il.us>
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