Re: Does Fluxx play DV avi
Well my opinion on this.
There are several reasons why you have to archive your original tapes and why the DV format would be in some cases the best option. You may think, just keep the original tapes as archive.
These tapes are a goldmine. In fact I think the most important items people have at home are the photo's and the collection of home movies. I can say I would risk my life only getting my harddisk(s) from my home when it is on fire which contains my life on photo and film.
Keeping them on tape will eventually give the problem that your old camcorder (which will be replaced by new ones) will eventually cease to work. So no means playing the footage any more. And also, the magnetic tapes decrease in quality when played and when stored for long times.
So you have to get the contents of the tapes to a more portable digital format and the first format will be DV-AVI. This is the format in which the film is transfered from camcorder to computer.
1:1 without quality loss. The DV-AVI is as-is on tape.
So why not encode the DV-AVI to another format?
Well, first of all the DV AVI is suitable for editing. Converting the AVI to another format will always decrease the quality. And editing that decreased footage will decrease it further.
So quality wise, the 1:1 tape copy as DV AVI is the best option.
Another one is datecode. The DV AVI contains datecode stream which holds the date and time when the footage is shot and also other data can be present. This info is very important when editing the footage.
There is no way to retain the datecode in another format. At least I did not find any solution to get this information from the DV into say AVCHD format (mts).
This means when you have archived the numerous tapes into a non DV-AVI format, you loose this info which is after some time very valuable.
The issue of DV AVI size is not a very good argument nowadays. The storage sizes have increased and at the same time the costs decreased. So no actual need to compress the 5:1 ratio any further.
And there is the time involved converting the DV AVI footage into another format. Which format should it be then? The choice is numerous and the average consumer does not have the knowledge to choose a correct format and use the right profile/settings. This could lead in having not optimized footage quality which will be with you for the rest of your life.
I look at a "mediaplayer" to be a player which plays the most popular formats as-is. And tries to play all kinds of formats to be a player to play anything. At least, the perfect player would be.
And let's face it. The home movies being the most important along with photo's and millions of people still shooting in the DV format and having piles of tapes it is for me clear that the DV format should be playable on a mediaplayer.
And what I said earlier, if an AcRyan player as the Fluxx plays this format it has this extra feature which people seek and has this extra marketing opportunity which stands out from other players on the market.
I have personally disappointed many people who were looking at my POHD and said they were going to buy the player also not knowing that their home movies in DV format can not be played.
And I could not recommend another player which can.
So, can I suggest the Fluxx or not?
(ps. I have found somewhere on the net the specs of a new SIGMA media chipset which actually lists DV as supported format. I can not find it right away, but the choice of the Fluxx will be depending on this issue alone. My current POHD plays the modern formats without problems, so a new player will replace it only when it plays my raw home footage. And when a SIGMA player can play it, a SIGMA player it will be).
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