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Old Nov 04, 2002, 04:07 PM
the_oracle_uk the_oracle_uk is offline
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Default VCD is dead!!! Die VCD DIE!

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lets look at the options:

1:1 dvd -------------> excellent quality, menus & extras ------>3.00 per film
multi dvd------------>very good quality, no menus or extras-->1.50
vcd on dvd---------->poor quality, no 5.1, no menus\extras-->1.00
Divx on dvd--------->Great quality, 5.1, no extras, ----------->0.50
vcd on cd ----------->poor quality, no 5.1, no menus\extras-->0.90

ok i realise vcd is cheapest that plays on a lot of dvd players.
But multi dvd's are better quality, have 5.1 sound and only marginally dearer. not to mention play on more dvd players plus ps2.
as for cheapest that is divx on dvd, unfortunately very dvd players support this only one i believe, but dont
Old Nov 04, 2002, 06:14 PM
the_oracle_uk the_oracle_uk is offline
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well what does anyone else think, from everyones sudden deciision to sell the bulk of their vcd's in the BST forum I think I may be rite
Old Nov 04, 2002, 08:58 PM
Darkman Darkman is offline
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Let's look at the cost from an Aussie perspective:
Pioneer DVD Burner $700
Blank 2x DVD-R $10.

CD Burner $250
Blank 700meg CDR 60c

Cost to back up 50 DVDs onto 2 disc VCDs $310
Cost to back up 50 DVDs , 2 movies per DVD-R $950

Then think about how long you are going to watch that 'backup'?.
I went mad with 'backing' up VHS movies in the 80's , did a ton of them, now I rarely blow the dust off of more than one or two a year.

If you're doing backups of the latest Di$ney movie for the Tin Lids then why waste the time and money on a DVD-R given the VCD will entertain them for a couple of days until they 'colour it in' with a screwdriver.
Old Nov 04, 2002, 10:04 PM
dcm386 dcm386 is offline
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I have to agree with darkman, while I like SVCD's as oppsed to VCD's (most movies fit on 2cd's like VCD's) I still can't imagine spending at least $15 CDN for a decent DVD-R and probably $700 for a decent burner, when I can spend $200 for a really good burner and 50 quality CD-R's! Half the movies I "backup" I never watch mroe than once or twice anyways.

Until the price of burners comes down ALOT I will stick to SVCD's / VCD's
Old Nov 05, 2002, 12:04 AM
yng68bld yng68bld is offline
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not to mention the time it will take to re-encode the mpeg2 files to put 2 movies on 1 dvdr plus authoring
Old Nov 05, 2002, 04:40 AM
celtic_druid celtic_druid is offline
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$250 is a bit steep for a CD burner. $100 will get you a 40X.

Also $700 for a DVD burner?? You can get a 104 for $569. You can also pre-order an A05 for less than $700.

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