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Old 01-09-01, 03:23 PM
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Steve Jobs has a new apple DVD agenda!

the high end mac now comes with a
DVD burner/cd-rw combo, STANDARD!
It's called the "superdrive"
I think it's also an option in
the other configs.

also, apple brand DVD-recordable media will be $10 each!!!!


it will play back in standard consumer DVD's!

iDVD available for FREE, consumer level dvd creation software like iMovie

iDVD Pro is supposed to cost $995 (although there is a report that it is only $599)

there's some price info at
http://macworld.zdnet.com/2001/01/09/keynote.html

here's a quote from the site...

Jobs then introduced another new Apple program: iDVD, a simple DVD-authoring application. Using
a drag-and-drop interface, Jobs used iMovie to create a DVD interface with buttons for all the movies
on the DVD. He also dragged in digital photos and placed them in the interface, creating a slideshow
of still images.

iDVD's preview features let you view the DVD as it will behave on the DVD player, complete with a
virtual remote control to use. And a set of customizable appearance preferences let you set the font,
button, and background styles for the DVD. You can even drag pictures into iDVD to use as
backgrounds for your DVD pages.

iDVD includes MPEG-2 compression that uses the G4 to, according to Jobs, cut encoding times from
24x to 2x, meaning you can encode 30 minutes of video in one hour.

iDVD will be bundled with every Mac machine which contains the SuperDrive. Apple will also be
selling Apple-certified media in packs of 5 for $50.

For professional customers who need to author DVDs, Apple announced DVD Studio Pro, a new $995
professional product due at the end of January. Jobs said it was a complementary product to Apple's
Final Cut Pro editing software.
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Only 2 channel stereo sound though, correct?
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DVD Studio Pro is $995 at the Apple Store Maccentral quoted Steverino as saying it was $599, which I thought was extremely generous. He either misstated (doubtful) or they were hit by his reality distortion field.

I thought they were hitting a real home run with this, but seeing the lack of BTO options for the uunder $3k models and the higher than quoted price for the good software, I'm starting to have my doubts.

It's still really, really cool, but now I don't know if I'll be able to afford it

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I just checked on the web site
they have an opiton to get the "superdrive" with the $1699 g4!
It doesn't list a price yet, it just says "available in late january"

It looks like they're making it available for all desktops.

also, we should be able to create a disk with 5.1 surround or DTS, but is there a card for playing back 5 channel sound on Macs?
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with a Digi001 you can output the digital signal so, theres probably other cards that have it as well.


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quote:<HR>Originally posted by joshcali2:
I just checked on the web site
they have an opiton to get the "superdrive" with the $1699 g4!
It doesn't list a price yet, it just says "available in late january"

It looks like they're making it available for all desktops.
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But that model says "DVD-ROM Drive with DVD-Video" while the $3,499 model is equipped with a "DVD-R/CD-RW".

I've heard these units will be in short supply for a while, so they're probably only going to put them in the TOTL models for now. I hope Pioneer is overestimating the scarcity of these things.

The price really isn't as bad as I figured, either, considering an IBM Intellistation Pro with Avid Express DV is $6,995 and doesn't include a DVD burner. You can get this computer, the DVD Pro software, and Final Cut Pro editing software for $5,499

J
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quote:<HR>Originally posted by 4KRG:
Only 2 channel stereo sound though, correct?
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The pro version of the DVD Authoring software ($995 retail) will include AC-3 development capabilities.

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Since there is no real standard in DVD burners yet (DVD-R, DVD-Ram...) I would wait before investing all this money for a DVD burner.
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The same type of thing is available for Windows ..You can Burn DVD on CDR disks (only for playback on DVD-Roms & some very new Set top players) Or If you get a DVD Burner (pioneer?) You can play them on anything . Checkout This Software

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