Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] More infos about the DVD

Mark Nash markn at advancedmotorsports.com
Wed Mar 3 09:19:49 MST 2004


This issue has been covered before. There are several home DVD players
available in the US that will read PAL encoded DVD's and using hardware
decoding on the fly, output them to a standard US NTSC format TV. These same
DVD players also ignore region encoding. I have a Cyberhome CH-500 player at
home that plays the Hunters & Collectors PAL encoded DVD "Under One Roof"

I bought the DVD player a couple of years ago @ Best Buy for about $70. It
even does progressive scan, and plays every type of disc I can throw at it.
Don't spend the money on Sony or the like. They are interested in protecting
their market, and will never offer capabilties such as the little guys. 

For those worried about quality. Don't. These players are made in the same
factories as the name brands anyway.

I will buy that DVD from Whammo very soon after release, and it will play in
my player without any issues.


Mark Nash

BTW. It is actually possible to rip a DVD to hard disk, convert the video to
NTSC and then burn back to DVD, but I have found it is a pain in the arse.
All the tools are shareware or freeware and not exactly stable most of the
time.  Also, you will need a very grunty PC, as the video encoding takes

-----Original Message-----
From: powderworks-bounces at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu
[mailto:powderworks-bounces at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu] On Behalf Of Peter
Scott Poitras
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:06 AM
To: Powderworks
Subject: Re: Re: [Powderworks] More infos about the DVD

I would think the problem might be PAL/NTSC encoding, not region-coding,
since the other Oils DVD is Region 0 (All).  I don't think copying and
reburning (if that would even work with copy-protections, which I doubt)
would conquer the PAL/NTSC issue.

But you are correct, most computer DVD players don't seem to have an issue
with PAL/NTSC.


> From: Kate Parker Adams <kate at dnki.net>
> Date: 2004/03/03 Wed AM 08:29:30 EST
> To: ppoitras at charter.net
> CC: Powderworks <powderworks at cs.colorado.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Powderworks] More infos about the DVD
> FYI to those with the region problem ...
> I just picked up a Fujitsu Lifebook laptop computer.  Since Fujitsu 
> sells internationally and seems to have more market in Europe and 
> Japan than the US, the DVD can apparently read any region.
> Granted, you are limited to the screen on the laptop - not a bad 
> option in my case ... but geeks may be able to line-out to a bigger 
> monitor or flatscreen.  There is an audio line out, certainly, as the 
> headphones are better sound than the tiny laptop speakers.
> In any case, it seems that computer DVD RW may be more flexible than 
> home units, laptop DVDs in particular.  It may be theoretically 
> possible to copy a DVD to a hard drive and then burn a new one in all 
> region?  I don't know the specifics of that ... just wondering.
> kPa
> p.s. This computer is also the most highly rated for minimal 
> environmental impact by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition 
> http://www.svtc.org/
> At 07:20 AM 3/3/04 -0500, Peter Scott Poitras wrote:
> > >From http://www.abc.net.au/oils/, this would seem to indicate that 
> > >there
> > will be an international/US release.  Cool!
> >
> >
> >Worldwide Release
> >Following its Australian release, the Best of Both Worlds will be 
> >launched to world markets and the ABC is proud to be representing 
> >this Midnight Oil material internationally.
> >
> >
> >Pete
> >
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