According to the latest article from Gizmodo, the HD DVD player launch will, most likely, be delayed.
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I am posting this because at least one wedding site Iâ€™ve seen has been advertising a free HD DVD player if you purchase a High Definition Wedding video package with them for some time now. Riddle me thisâ€”how has that been possible when the playerâ€™s donâ€™t even exist?
Maybe they mean a computer-based software player (the built-in DVD Player for the Mac OS X has been able to play HD DVDs for a while now, but there is no media yet). Most likely, the â€œHD DVDâ€ and â€œfree HD DVD playerâ€ is most likely a regular DVD in progressive scan DVD player.
Donâ€™t believe people can be that dishonest? Well explain how people can record high definition video (to tape) with a Panasonic AG-HVX100? Yes, you can record to a tethered PC, you can record maybe 10 minutes of video to flash cards, you can record to a FireStore hard drive, but these â€œwedding videographersâ€ arenâ€™t doing that: theyâ€™re writing regular DV to a DV tape and then selling it to you as â€œhigh definition wedding videography.â€ (DV tape doesnâ€™t have the bandwidth to record DVCPRO HD.)
This stuff is criminal.
If you want a real high definition videographer, check out Caitlin Weigel. She films only in high-definition (no hidden markup), has been using high-definition since the first HDV cameras came out, and knows its advantages and limitations back and forwards (so much so, that one â€œemmy-award winning professional videographerâ€ literally copied her website explanation into his ad copy).
Her only flaw is sheâ€™s honest.
In the wedding business, thatâ€™s almost a death sentence.