Mar 15 2012

‘Disc-to-Digital’ — you’re kidding right?

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Media companies are the worst when it comes to being progressive with technology. Using a few short examples, DVD shrink and RealDVD are just two packages of software that were shut down by the media industry as forms of pirating; this is back in 2008.

The problem the media companies had with software packages like this was that private individuals to take their DVDs and make copies of them, and do whatever they wanted to with the digital copies. But even though the studios went after companies that made software like this, the practice kept going; just about everyone has the ability now to insert a DVD into their computer, ‘rip a copy’, and then play that disc/DVD anywhere.

Now Wal-mart and their VUDU video service wants to get some cash for you going digital…

People have been able to do this for years, albeit shakily illegal. Illegal in the fact that technically, technology cannot be decrypted to gain access to information. Well, DVDs are encrypted with copyright protection, that is meant to prevent consumers from copying the DVDs; pirating a copy. But by law, making a copy for personal use is legal…

It was, until recently, that the movie studios started releasing digital copies [UltraViolet] with their Blu-ray releases of DVDs. But the problem is that movie studios are getting a digital copy the way they want to give you a digital copy. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the digital copy is going to look as well as you would like it to, or that it would work on the device that you wanted to and has a lot of individuals in the tech industry upset with how it’s being deployed; especially with using the ‘cloud’ as the main form of storage.

Within the last week, I seem to articles that refer to Disc-to-Digital, where consumers go into stores with their existing DVDs and those institutions will ‘rip your movie’, placing in the cloud, so you can play back anytime you want, anywhere you want, but the question is, why is it legal for these institutions to make copies of DVDs when private consumers can’t do the same thing; and where the movie studios going nuts?

Here’s a video:


Is this the difference?

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Is this what separates the consumer from the private owner; people are going to pay to have these titles ‘ripped’? And notice the price from the video, $2 for standard quality and $5 for upgrade… seriously?

In my opinion, having a software application like AnyDVD and using free software like HandBrake would be better to handle your own media… and here’s why.

1. You are handing over your movies to be digitized and stored in the cloud, per se. Notice from the video; select videos. Most likely the videos that they already have or have been authorized to ‘copy’. After you have the copy once in the cloud; why do you need to copy it again? [you don’t— it sounds like a rip to me]

2. If it’s YOUR media, you for practical purposes, do anything you want to with it. Again, there’s the issue of legality, but the practice of ripping a DVD is so common; the argument is who cares? It’s yours… it’s on your media device and your [hopefully] not selling copies.

3. And the notion of having your media anywhere you want it, that’s partially true. ISP’s and Smartphone carriers aren’t going to watch them as much as you want; there’s bandwidth limits now. I don’t see anyone discussing that now.

I don’t see anyone so willing to pack up their personal DVD collection and go pay 2-5 per disc to make it available to a mobile device or make it portable; it makes no sense to me. And when consumers can essentially do this on their own for free… utter nonsense.

I don’t know who would think this was, or would’ve been, a good idea, but I believe people are going to recognize this for what it is; just another way for places like Wal-mart to get more money out of your DVD/Movie collection. But in this case, you aren’t buying the movie over again, you are paying to have it made digital…


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr. 

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11


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