About a year ago I was thinking about buying a Blu-ray player but since changed my mind. For the price of the blu-ray player you can buy a Multimedia player that plays everything. I firmly believe that VHS, DVD and even Blu-ray will be obsolete soon. I am seriously considering buying a "Mede8er". Insert up to a 2TB SATA hard disk and store JPG to MKV high def files. checkout Mede8er . You can connect this device to just about anything and yes it has an HDMI jack as well.
It's a bummer to see it discontinued. I tried to buy a spare, but you are right, they are mostly gone except at high prices.
I agree, to an extent, with posters that say media storage devices will most likely start gaining a foothold over Blu-Ray. Almost none of my customers have any interest in Blu-Ray. You still have to have BR capabilities though, it's not that expensive. I see the new LG BR burner is $159USD.
Those devices sure will not give you all the menu options that DVDs have. That's a plus in my book though.
I keep thinking to buy a BD burner simply for backing up files from my EX1 but the cost of the media itself is what puts me off. One of my local suppliers has Sony 50GB dual layer media at $93 per disk. For that I can buy a 1TB HDD.
I have to wonder, they list them as "in stock at supplier"
The other place that I buy blank DVDs from has the SL BD media at an affordable price. He tells me there's recently been a HUGE surge in demand for BD media, from 5 units/month to maybe 15.
I had a talk with someone from the marketing department of a local large IT company and as he said the problem with BD is no one thought to push it as a data storage medium, that got lost in The War. Down here BD burners are still not mainstream, media prices stay high becuase there's little demand. I've given serious thought to buying Sony's XDCAM PDW-U1 drive. It's expensive but the media is more reasonably priced for what it is than the naked BD disks.
Basically every store that primarily sells big screen TV's is now giving away a free Blu-Ray player. At least in the Los Angeles area. That will help, but we need to see the same thing from more mainstream outlets like Best Buy and Walmart.
1. Does it play ripped DVDs and Blu Ray ISOs? I wanna store my DVD's, complete with menues, features, etc. - The Mede8er will play DVD Video_TS files as well as DVD ISOs with their full menu functionality and surround sound glory - I have my entire DVD music collection on my home network which all play flawlessly, so no more scratched, 'lost' DVDs or misplaced covers...
Here are the supported codices (is that the plural for codecs?)
Video Codec Supported:
MKV, H264, DVD (VOB - IFO - ISO), DIVX, XVID, DAT, AVI, MPEG, HD MPEG-2, TS, HD MPEG-4, SP, ASP, AVCD (H.264), MTS, M2ts, WMV9, FLV, VC-1, Real Networks (RM/RMVB) 8/9/10, up to 720p
I'm definitely getting mine this weekend at the RageEpo.
Jay most consumers are still moving over to HD. For me 720p is the CG of HD which most folk can afford ie 768 x 1336 compared to full HD
I have many folk who walk into the studio and say “ I am shooting my home movies HD , what do I do with the content?
I explain the BR option, add up the cost = player, righter, disc’s and production time and production knowledge needed for Blu Ray, most consumers back off
Then when they look at the media player option cheaper , less hassles and many render options they all say that’s the best option
All my clients that do events and launches use media players because it is more reliable so I don’t have a problem producing content for them
If they don’t I tell them go invest in one…if you want HD that’s the way to go