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Old April 15th, 2003, 12:14 PM   #1
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MPEG2 HD will soon start replacing DV as a new acquisition format, and will start replacing DVD as a distribution format. The signs are everywhere. I wouldn't invest in SD unless absolutely necessary. I think that we should all send the manufacturers our message -- with our wallet, plus it does not hurt to tell the reps how you feel when you talk to them, and post your opinions on boards. They may act like everything is OK, but the companies are very sensitive about what you have to say about them, and that may affect future product development and introductions. If everyone stays content with SD, they will not rush selling you low cost HD. If you will not buy SD, they'll rush in with new low cost HD products.

It started with Sony's announcement of the blu-ray HD DVD last year, sooner than everyone expected. Matsushita's (Panasonic, JVC) reaction? Quick release of DVX without perfecting the product. I understand the prototype had auto focus or gain up in progressive, or some other feature that is missing from the final product. Then JVC speeded up introduction of HD1 and of HD10, only to be the first, to beat Sony. Sony only introduced PDX10, a beefed up version of a consumer product.

Nothing serious was introduced at CES or NAB in the prosumer segment. Some higher end SD, nothing else -- mostly products that were probably in development for some time. I doubt that anyone is developing anything new in SD for the pro and prosumer market segments right now. They'll push their current SD products to recover their loses of product development, and will be quietly introducing HD items, which will be a lot more profitable. The JVC HD camcorder has many limitations so it does not compete with a lot more expensive SD and HD stuff.

They’d love to sell you as much SD now as possible realizing that you'll soon be replacing it with HD, and they'll make their profits twice.

The writing's on the wall. MPEG2 HD will not be to DV what DV was to Hi8. It will be to DV what DV and DVD have been to VHS.

This is a leap forward that will make SD obsolete in all segments including wedding videos. You'll have 2 guys offering the bride their video. One will be offering DV. The other will say forget it, because a few years from now the world will be HD, so you want to treasure your recorded images for the rest of your life.

Unless this is a mail order bride that needs a green card, will she pay the extra $ for the HD production; will not she and the groom want this to last just as they want their marriage to last? Of course. You give them a DVD and DVHS (HD) tape. And they'll live happily ever after -- until the divorce of course and the next marriage when you offer them the new 3D HD with smell link to a port in their brains.

The corporate and broadcast market? They'll be ahead of the game with virtual brides and genetically altered displays that will bitch slap the husband when the wife pushes a button on her imbedded remote control.

Kids -- choosing ahead of the time between a boy and a girl will be the past; now you'll be able to choose between a genetic clone of a toilet trained newborn or a virtual baby that does not soil diapers.

The porn video industry will include electric stimulation with feedback to heart rate; all you'll have to do is program the number of multiple orgasms before you go to sleep next to your wife, who will program in the images of her favorite actor and smell of her boyfriend's cologne, pay-per-view style.

Contrary to popular belief we are not far from HD; HD will soon be history. You don't want to miss the history by buying your new SD camcorder and hoping to use it 10 years from now when everyone else will be buying 3D HD cameras.

P.S. Sharp Company announced that their researchers developed a flat display that is capable of displaying, besides a 2D image, a 3D image as well, even without using special glasses. The director of the European part of Sharp Laboratories, Stefan Bold, compared the importance of this technology to the switch from a B/W to a color image. In the beginning, these screens will be used in amusement park game machines, but in the following years, it is expected to enter the mass market and spread to home appliances, TV sets and computer monitors. Sharp made sure that the price of 3D display devices will not be more than 50% higher than conventional displays, and there are forecasts that the price difference will be reduced to 20% in a few years. The new technology is really promising, and the only limitation is that the image has to be viewed at a strictly determined angle and from a determined distance. However, the makers promised that this limitation will disappear with the development of 3D technology.
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