What Do I need to know about Blu-ray &
What equipment do I need to
watch my Blu-ray video at home?
To enjoy your
Blu-ray video at its fullest quality, you will need an HD-capable television and
a Blu-ray player. Keep in mind that not all Blu-ray players on the market
support recordable BD-R media (yet). Be sure to test your wedding video in a
player before you buy it.
You can also
enjoy your Blu-ray video in a BD-ROM drive connected to your computer's HD
monitor with the appropriate software and system requirements. Please visit
for more details.
will also be burned onto standard DVD media for you to enjoy in your regular DVD
player for the time being if that is all you have. Then you can enjoy your HD
video down the road once you're ready to upgrade to the necessary equipment.
What Is High Definition?
High Definition (HD) is the highest level of picture quality available, offering
increased image resolution and detail. With more than twice the pixels (or
lines) of resolution than Digital Video (DV) offers, Hi-Def must be screened on
a HDTV (High Definition TV) for viewers to appreciate the difference in quality.
High Definition Video (HDV) is shot at 1080 pixels, while Standard Definition
uses 480 pixels.
Can You Say That In English?
The easiest way to understand Hi-Def is to think of widescreen movies, the
inspiration for HDV in the first place. You're at the megaplex watching a film
on a widescreen, or rectangular-shaped screen. At home, if you have a
traditional standard television set, you're watching a movie or show on a box,
or square-shaped screen, therefore missing out on the extra action that takes
place on the sides (because it has been clipped or "letterboxed" to fit the
square shape). If you have a HDTV (the newer rectangular shaped TV), often when
you view shows or movies, they are letterboxed (clipped with black on the sides)
because they have not been shot in High Definition Video yet. One reason why
movies at the theater are so much more captivating is because the screen
occupies a greater field of view, especially peripherally, making you feel like
you are actually there, experiencing the action.
What Are The Pros of High
Quite simply, clarity and detail. The resolution is outstanding and
breathtaking, like looking through a window. The average resolution for VHS is
240 pixels, DVD is 430 pixels, Standard Television is 480 pixels, with HDTV
surpassing them all at 1080 pixels. It is the best.
What Are The Cons of High
From a pure visual and aesthetic perspective, there are no cons. However, the
equipment is still relatively more expensive for studios and consumers to
acquire, even though it is becoming more and more affordable by the day. But
because of this extra cost, many videographers have not yet adopted the new
technology and do not yet know how to use the new equipment, as the HD cameras
are far more advanced so there is a slight learning curve involved. Those who
have, may not have mastered it yet. For instance, if a videographer isn't that
familiar with the technology yet, it can be harder for him/her to shoot in low
light, but with proper and good lighting conditions, you can see significantly
more detail from HD video than is possible from Standard Definition. Also,
weddings shot with HDV cameras are normally distributed as traditional video on
standard DVDs at this time, since Blu-ray players are just recently becoming
more available and affordable.
So Why Should You Consider
Essentially, because you may be future-proofing your wedding video. Imagine
watching your parents' wedding video now. Do you even still have a VCR to play a
VHS tape? Just as this format has all but become obsolete, Standard Definition
might someday be as well. Those of us lucky enough to be getting married right
now have landed in this awkward in-between technology phase. Many videography
studios are starting to offer Hi-Def but many still aren't. If you have your
wedding video shot in Standard Definition, you won't be able to take advantage
of the higher resolution and detail, but a videographer may be easier to find.
Ultimately, the decision is yours - and now that we've given you the skinny, you
can make the best choice for you.