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J Roberson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 Oct 1994 08:43:15 -0500
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Plenty of others have mentioned Mac and Windows video manipulation, as well as
solutions available on CD-ROM or HD backup. However, One of the best and most
compact technologies I have seen for movie archiving is Phillips' CDI
(CD-Interactive) technology. 75 minutes of full-screen, full frame-rate 2
(maybe 4) channel sound is squeezed onto a single Compact Disc. You can
freeze a frame at any point with no distortion. You can also add a custom
interface that lets you slect where to begin. For example, I saw a disc of
Star Trek VI. It comes up to a menu featuring still frames from the major
scenes in the movie above its title. Just point and click at the scene and
it starts playing.
It was really cool. I think CDI players go for about $400, with portable
ones going for about $600. There's a company here in my town (Tulsa,OK) that
produces CDI; if anyone's interested I'm sure I could dig up some more
J Roberson