Jake Ludington: “One of the key disadvantages of HD-DVD is no convenient way to make back-up copies of the discs. The HD-DVD spec supports what’s known as a managed copy, but so far none of the HD-DVD disks I own have this feature. If I want to watch my HD content somewhere other than my Xbox, or if I want to backup my $30 investment, at this point, I have to create my own solution. Until someone starts giving me managed copies, I’m making copies of my HD-DVDs to watch them where I want to using an analog solution. Following the guidelines presented here, you can use an Xbox 360 with the HD-DVD drive and a PC to make copies of HD-DVD movies.”
After a quick once over, it definitely looks like a workable solution to an ugly problem. The only catch is, you’ll need just about all the cutting-edge hardware you can get your hands on, plus massive amounts of quick write storage drives. And then there’s the tricky part of compressing the high-def video into a more manageable format (which Jake doesn’t cover).
Seriously, though, it’s probably more trouble than its worth. Anyone know why we haven’t seen managed copies yet? Is it a new disabled feature for our protection? [sarcasm/joke] Possible answer: We won’t see managed copy functionality until Intel Viiv, HD DVD equipped Windows Vista PCs launch.
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