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ProudLoz Aug 28, 09

Wow that is nice. I can't help but wonder if the Zune HD can handle H.264 Video like most iPods can now, with Chapters and all that. It looks nice, but what would have really won me over was if it had an additional SD Card slot so I can continue to add to the limited memory of the player. That is something that these players need. 32 GBs will hardly do for HD Videos.
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VeGiTAX2 Aug 28, 09
There's no doubt about that really. The only thing I wonder is what the Zune store is going to serve their 720p content at. If they go similar to netflix with 3.8mbps it comes out to roughly 3.4GB for a 120min film. :/ I guess they're hoping consumers will be re-syncing often.
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ProudLoz Aug 28, 09

You can actually make that 720p video look good at about 2 GBs and it'll include chapters and different audio channels too if you have the right profile conversion. That's something that iTunes is really lacking right now, the possibility of using H.264 at it's full potential. I've seen 1080p movies converted at 4 GBs roughly with a lot of content that you're thinking it'll look bad, but it doesn't. It looks amazing because they actually use H.264 at it's full potential. Using the same profiles and settings you can make a regular SD video at 800 MBs look way better than the quality iTunes can offer, and iTunes movies usually go for 1.5 GBs for you average movie.

I'm hoping Zune HD can explore the depths of H.264 compression, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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VeGiTAX2 Aug 28, 09
For sure, I just had a lurking feeling that MS will try to use some WMV HD thing to throw it off. If MS won't make use of the profiles, programs like Super and FFDshow will when people find the right container to put the video in.
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The Slayer Aug 28, 09
"Screen size measures in at 3.3” with a 480x272 resolution"

What is the point of using HD videos when the screen resolution is only 480x272? Thats a lower resolution than SD (720x480). So what would be the point in downloading 2-4gb 720p (1280x720) videos to the zune when its just going to largely down grade the video to fit the 480x272 resolution of the zune?

The only way that will be useful is if you double your portal music player as a HD video player for your TV, otherwise it just seems like a big waste of storage space.
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VeGiTAX2 Aug 28, 09
Zune home dock (3.0 I believe) uses HDMI out and also has DA output. The HDMI output is 720p, the standard component is still 480p.

That's the main reason they're touting the HD video support for the player. The HD radio is the other component for the name shift.

I agree completely the iPhone and Zune don't benefit from 720p or 1080p content, no one will ever notice the difference without a docking system to output the higher res.
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Paper Mario Dude Sep 4, 09
Is it touch screen?
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VeGiTAX2 Sep 4, 09
Indeed so, complete touch interface for the unit.
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macvspcwins Sep 17, 09
It looks sick!
I am going to buy it!

btw this is an ipod forum, lol.
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