25 Aug 2012

Recording Your Event on Blu-ray vs. DVD

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Why put your event on Blu-ray?

The technology used by videographers has certainly advanced leaps and bounds in just the last few years. For instance, if you were to get married ten years ago you would have received your special day on a VHS tape. 5 years ago most videographers would give their clients a DVD copy of their wedding. Today, the way to go is High Definition. Blu-ray is the next generation in viewing video and it’s a proven format that looks amazing. When comparing DVD to Blu-ray there are many things to consider. DVD is a standard definition format. A DVD can only hold about 4.7GB of data whether it be video, images, music or anything in a digital format. A single layer Blu-ray, on the other hand, can hold up to 25GB. That’s a lot of data… about 5 times the amount of a DVD.

What does this mean for your videos? Higher definition picture, higher quality sound, higher quality menus and bonus features. Of course, the videographers here at Videoto do much more than wedding videos. Sporting events, corporate videos, ads, training videos, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, bar/bat mitzvahs, these are just a few examples of what our videographers can capture in High Defintion and put onto a Blu-ray disc.

Need a slide show for your special event? Why not put that on a Blu-ray? Our editors can create high quality slide shows for any event and with 1080p high definition, your slide shows will look great and your guests will be amazed.

What does the p stand for in 1080p? Progressive. The videos we’ve been used to for so long on VHS and DVD are interlaced. Interlacing is just a fancy way of letting you know the signal you are viewing is compressed. When a video is interlaced we are not seeing the entire image on the screen at once. TVs are made of of lines of resolution. An interlaced signal plays the odd lines first, then the even lines. The images flash so quickly that it gives off the illusion of a continuous image. However, the issue with Interlaced video is that movement can create a blurry effect. This is why when you are watching a movie on an old VHS tape or a DVD you will see tiny lines at the edge of your TV. With Progressive scanning you are seeing the entire picture. Every line is on screen at the same time and therefore you get a much cleaner, more crisp image. Our videographers shoot High defintion video in the progressive format, which is what you typically see on a Blu-ray disc. With high defintion the image resolution is 1920×1080… compare that to the 720×480 resolution you get from a DVD.

The best possible way for you to view High Definition footage on your TV is on a Blu-ray disc and HD TVs are becoming more popular by the day. One great thing about Blu-ray players is that they can still play your DVDs. In fact, many Blu-ray players offer a DVD upscaling feature which digitally enhances the quality of the DVDs you already own, so they look better on a High Defintion TV. How convenient is that?

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