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Old 01-21-04, 11:59 AM   #1
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What exactly is a High Definition Transfer?

Wondering if someone can explain exactly what is meant when a DVD is said to have a high definition transfer._
As far as I'm aware, DVDs here in Region 1 Land continue to feature 525 line pictures -- which, although certainly improved by digitized images and processing, is still not technically high definition. I was under the impression that the 1080 line interlaced picture or its 720 progressive scan counterpart are still the definitions of high definition.
 
Old 01-21-04, 01:03 PM   #2
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I belive that the transfer if from a high definition master. i moght be wrong
 
Old 01-21-04, 03:41 PM   #3
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I think it's viewable in HD on your computer by using WM 9.
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A high definition transfer is one that has been transfered from film and usually mastered in HD. But once it is encoded to MPEG-2 format for DVD, the HD quality is compressed, resulting in the 525 or so lines of resolution.
 
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sdk and FinkPish are correct.

Some studios that like to tout (as a selling point) this are Columbia TriStar, Anchor Bay's "Divimax" series and, of course, Criterion.
 
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I think it's viewable in HD on your computer by using WM 9.
Nope. Only recent release with that feature was T2: EE.
 
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Nope. Only recent release with that feature was T2: EE.
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And one of the new 2 Disc IMAX DVDs.
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You'll sometimes see either "High Definition Transfer" or "High Definition Master" as a selling point for a film's transfer.

This is their way of saying that the transfer is new and digital and not just a re-hashed old pre-dvd telecine transfer. DVDs made from transfers designed with VHS/Laserdisc in mind are noticeably softer (after edge enhancement is used to blur out the blocky edges) because their resolution is *lower* than DVD's.

So by touting a Hi-Def xfer the studio can promote that the transfer is new and/or improved.

And it's good news for us, because it usually means a true hi-def xfer is waiting in the wings for the next format.
 
 

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