Re: The Infamous DVD

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Posted by Byron on December 03, 1999 at 16:48:17:

In Reply to: Re: The Infamous DVD posted by myrrh on December 02, 1999 at 13:46:34:


: : Also, I know that the DVD was edited on *video* rather than by splicing film, which may also explain some things about the quality.

: Hmm? 'splain, please! You seem to know more about the technical aspects of this stuff than some of us...please share your insights! What is the difference between the two processes (what ARE the two processes exactly), and what things does it explain about the quality of the finished product?

: M.

Normally when a film is "edited", the editor splices and cuts different pieces of actual film/negative whatever together to make a whole. This becomes the final product, and release prints are struck to be shown on film in theaters.

When we get our DVDs, a process known as "telecine" was performed from the original film (usually an inter-positive made from the original negative) to transform it into video. Basically, the film is fed through a scanner which digitizes each frame of film and stores it on expensive digital tape. Then, that becomes the master from which the DVD is created. There are many other steps involved too, for example the video must be "compressed" from that master so it can fit on our meager DVD. :)

For re-edits of *existing* films like Mohicans, it can be alot easier to edit in the video domain using a computer and software, rather than splicing film. Thus, all the *new* film elements that may have been previously unseen that the director wants to add would first be transferred to video, just like the process described above. Then he would work with the existing video and add in the new stuff and there you go! Instead of cut and splice, its "point and click". :)

As far as quality goes, if some of those previously unseen film elements were not kept in good condition, alot of "electronic" compensation would have to be done to make it look presentable. Perhaps this is the case with Mohicans, or not. Maybe the software that was used to do the editing had some limitations?


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