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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hi-Def? That could mean a lot of things.

If the film is accepted at Cannes, they'll require either a 35MM Print, or a Hi-def version. But what exactly is Hi-def?
As recently as last year, this might have included DS tape, but with the advent of Blu-ray the quality could be much higher.
Our film with uncompressed 5.1 surround stems could weigh in at nearly 70Gigs. So the research into how to best compress the "Hi-def" version of the film begins, and I welcome your thoughts and comments.

The first tests burning Blu-ray content to a standard DVD-5 yielded some nice results. Using the just released Toast 10, I managed to fit several 2 minute clips that played smoothly, albeit with odd aspect ratios. Menu authoring in Toast is pretty poor at this point, a little worse then DVD Studio Pro, and I'm not much in the mood to build the menu in Motion and then import some snazzy graphics into DVD Studio Pro.
Luckily, our 7 minute film should fit on a standard DVD-R, but I have yet to add the surround stems. I'm also not clear whether Cannes will accept a DVD-5 authored Blu-ray?

Oddly enough, video post services in the bay area don't appear to work with Blu-ray yet. I've yet to explore Los Angeles...

5 comments:

Mookid said...

So whats up? when do we get to see the finished product? Give us some news!!!

Don C. said...
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don c said...

Seven minute film? How long did it take to make? That's a lot of shoot time. My fourth short is planned for 7 minutes, but I feel like cutting off the ending and just having everybody die for no reason :)

It's been a year since I started it, and it's in its terrible twos...

I can attest to Blu Ray's stunning image. Joan (Gratz) exhibited her latest film in that format and it was really clean and gorgeous.

As far as hi-def, lordy. Coming from an SD sentimentality, even 1280P seems like a lot.

don c said...

Sorry about that, I didn't realize I had commented on this post already. I was up on caffeine all night and just crashed.

Good luck at the fests- your film looks neat!

Jack said...

i need to learn more about film resolution and high quality. will most film festivals not accept low quality?