Top and Microsoft Team Up to Help Indie Filmmakers Jump Into HD DVD

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on July 1, 2007 
Filed Under: Authoring, HD DVD

MS.jpegamazon.jpegHDDVDlogo.jpegFrom the press release: Using Amazonís CustomFlix, which is a disc-on-demand service, this venture will lower the barrier to entry for independent filmmakers to produce and distribute movies in the HD DVD format. The project will provide free authoring and setup services for up to 1,000 selected indie titles. In addition, the Sundance Channel will be reviewing the high-definition features for potential broadcast on the network as well as making its own HD original eco-series, ďBig Ideas for a Small Planet,Ē available for purchase through Amazonís HD DVD program.

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4 Responses to “ and Microsoft Team Up to Help Indie Filmmakers Jump Into HD DVD”

  1. Segars on July 2nd, 2007 9:32 am

    Personally, as I am an independent filmmaker, I think that this latest announcement has a great deal of potential to affect the format war.

    Opening the door to the independent film world is a great way to get support across the board for a format.

    DVD made it far easier for independent filmmakers to author and self distribute their films in a way that was otherwise impossible on VHS.

    Also, over the years with the various successes of independent films garnering more praise and success than some Hollywood features the demand for independent films has increased almost exponentially.

    I’m simply thrilled at the possibility of moving my films to HD DVD, whether it be through this recent project, or whenever the authoring capability becomes more accessible and affordable.

  2. Tyler on July 2nd, 2007 1:45 pm

    I agree this is great news for indie filmmakers. Indies can also replicate HD DVD content on DVD-9s for even cheaper distribution costs.

  3. Segars on July 2nd, 2007 3:21 pm

    You wouldn’t happen to know how much you can fit on a DVD-9 would you?

  4. Tyler on July 2nd, 2007 3:25 pm

    depends on the bitrate

    Some *adult* titles have squeezed 2 hours+ of 720p w/ iHD menus on a DVD-9

    expect 40-60mins of 1080p on a DVD-9

    you can try this out with Uleads’s DVD Movie Factory 6 or Apple’s DVD Studio Pro 4.

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