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Reading DVD-audio discs
mini me + poo
I understand that playing them in a PC is probably a no-go, but is it possible to convert the audio info on them to something more sensible?

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... a drive that will read / rip them first.

I would imagine you would be able to rip them to AC3 or something.

But you need a reader first, or failing that, you will have to get a DVD-A format unit and take the audio out into the PC (via digital or fibre format).

I can get my soundcard to rip that way, but the data from DVD-A will be mahooosive!



So sticking them in a PC DVD drive won't enable you to see some data files?

Mine is a Pioneer 303S, and it only says it'll read DVD-ROM/Video Discs and DVD-R (as well as CD everything...)

Errm - From what I have read in a variety of places, and IIRC, I think the data format is unplayable.

However, I am not sure whether that is down to the media format, or some sort of encoder capabilities that are needed.

As I have seen some drives that will be Flash upgradeable via a file to read the format.

But thats only high end seperates systems...

Humm... I am sure I have a magazine that was mentioning it recently.

Still dont think it is going to be coming out as a viable / affordable media for a while yet though.

Lemme have a rummage and I will get back to you!

I am also wondering about the ripping of the sound, unless you have yourself a 5.1 / 7.1 / 7.2 setup then you wont get the benefits of the format - and I wonder how you mix down 5 to 7 channels into two - and wonder if there will be alot of timing problems...
But heh...
*dribble - ahh thats where I am gonna spend the next grand that I dont have LOL*




But gathering from a good few other sources aswell (a mate with a horrible thirst for sound), that the format is yet to be truly nailed down, and currently most DVD-A readers cant get the multichannel output anyway (so why buy one I dont know).

I am also thinking that in the case of early DVD's, it took them a few years to get the compression / format right... I have seen early DVD's with truly AWFUL encoding (The Ice Storm http://us.imdb.com/Title?0119349 ) - A perfect illustration in that, as some walls change colours & shades during a non-panning shot, as the encoding was that bad.

But yeah... Definatly - No can do on the upgrades for most things it seems...
*shrugs* I think its a case of there is just too much data to be processed by current drives.


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