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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 8 January 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Paul Warner
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: DVD Recording

The DVD will over the next few years replace the trusty old
CD recorder.  However in NZ it will not take off untill the
prices come down.  The prices quoted in the article are
typical NZ cost plus mentality.  When you can buy a DVD-RW
recorder in the US for US$400- 500 and the blank DVD-R
media for US$3-$10 per disk then look at the NZ prices it
will not go anywhere soon in NZ.

From: Joe
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: DVD Video..ever heard of XVCD?

I recently have found that because of the nature of
magnetic media (Videotape in this case) deteriorates(sp?)
with age. I took it on myself to solve this problem by
trying to transfer some of my much-loved 10 year old movies
to a digital form.

DVD was out as stated by Bruces article on the cost.
Through my research in the last few weeks I have come
across a method that gives near-DVD Quality at a reasonable
price. After much testing and the purchase of a low-cost
(but high quality) video capture card ($329) and freely
available 'freeware/shareware' on the net. I have been able
to transfer aging movies at convert them to near-DVD
Quality from a recorded videotape to common CD-R with CD
quality sound at about 1 hour per CD-R. This is in a format
know as XVCD (Extended Video Compact Disk). These play
great on certain brands DVD players.
Although don't expect Dolby Digital or true stereo from

Granted that people would have to have a compatiable DVD
player to enjoy this but it seems like a low-cost 'middle
of the road' between videotape and DVD.

There is DVD writing software out there (the one I use for
these XVCD's also does DVD) but a $69 a pop, its awful
expensive if you mess on up. Even if it is rewritable.
This XVCD system seems as it would be excellent for
business presentation and the at home video buff.

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