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AVRant #85: Rating the Ratings

Tom has a few thoughts on Netflix and Dina learns something. A mini review of War. Movie descriptions to watch out for. Watching someone play video game soccer is not entertainment. Putting a things in perspective usually helps. A Yamaha question from Jonathan. Believe your eyes, not what the chart says. Just because you own a nice car doesn’t mean you get a nice sound system. Why to go for a Solstice over a Carrera. HDTV compression needs standards. Tom had to send back the Samsung display (boo!) and learned something from the delivery driver. Sure, it is an n of 1 but it is interesting (statistical humor is so random). Best Buy is expanding their sales offerings. The least impressive VP title. Tom probably angered a number of musicians. Can you hear us? Are you sure? Super tweeters are super awesome. Hands free doesn’t necessarily mean accident free. Our contest winners are announced. Eric and Jim, pick your prizes and let Tom know. Jeremy is the man. Tom thinks that people should get over the Wii. The first of the month is tomorrow – VOTE! Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.
I'm guessing Dina likes this one better.

That's right, someone had to actually wear this in order for Jeremy to mod it. Truly scary.

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  1. July 31st, 2008 at 20:22 | #1

    You know… it’s a tough choice as to which Dina is the best wonder woman here… I mean, the Hairspray version is just so darn attractive.

  2. AustinM
    August 1st, 2008 at 10:28 | #2

    Somebody’s not going to be a happy camper next week.

  3. August 1st, 2008 at 17:20 | #3

    Yeah, Jeremy, cuz Dina will hunt him down with her handy pocket knife!

    It is Jeremy making these pics, right? *grin*

  4. Rob
    August 1st, 2008 at 18:19 | #4

    Hey, Tom. I can agree that not having blacker-than-black (BTB) and whiter-than-white (WTW) in the video signal is not the end of the world. But your statement that BTB and WTW only exist for calibration purposes is incorrect. The reason for their existence actually comes from the production side when the movie/TV show is being recorded by the camera.

    When the white balance is set, there can still be objects being recorded that are WTW. In a “perfect” world, this would not be the case. But in the real world, it is often the case that the cinematographer might set the white point below the absolute “whitest” object being recorded.

    So the WTW and BTB signals are there to preserve the full detail. They basically provide a bit of “wiggle room” to allow for slight errors in calibration of the camera.

    So to say that “you won’t see it” if the BTB and WTW portions of the signal are not there is an incorrect statement. There can occassionally be portions of the image that were recorded as WTW or BTB and in order to maintain full detail, the WTW and BTB video signal needs to be included.

    Again, by no means a huge deal, but also not a completely unimportant matter.

  5. August 2nd, 2008 at 13:58 | #5

    Jeremy. Please. Stop.

  6. Raul in HD
    February 20th, 2009 at 12:50 | #6

    Go Jeremy go!! lol … WAR sucked so bad, I too did not enjoy it.

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