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NetBlender Blu-ray Survey

Posted March 31, 2008 02:25 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray.comNetBlender, who recently announced Blu-ray support for their popular DoStudio line of disc authoring solutions, will be presenting information regarding Blu-ray Disc special features during the Advanced Interactivity session at NAB Show 2008 in Las Vegas. In order to help collect data regarding consumer preference, NetBlender asked us to poll our users about possible future Blu-ray special features.

The results will be ultimately presented to the DVDA, a nonprofit organization focused on the development of the DVD format, who are now taking an interest in the development of Blu-ray. The BD-Java spec in Blu-ray allows for very elaborate and interactive features to be built into titles during development.

We ask that all readers of this website and all forum users take a minute of your time to answer the six polls as honestly as possible. The information you provide will ultimately have a direct effect on the way Blu-ray titles are authored in the future.

NetBlender Survey




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News comments (21 comments)



MacDaddyOJack
  Apr 01, 2008
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Took it, hope this helps bring more movies to Bluray.
ibeetle
  Apr 01, 2008
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Well.... so far from the poll results we want a little bit of customization, a little bit of solicitation, but
for the most part the average we just want to skip the ads, and menus and just start the darn movie.
Jonsson
  Apr 01, 2008
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Yes, I hope the studios really read this. SKIP THE ADS, SKIP THE MENU and JUST START THE DARNED MOVIE.

That's exactly what I want. Loose the bloody mandatory extra junk please !!!

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Blu Titan
  Apr 01, 2008
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Took the survey! Usually hate the suckers, but sacrificed for the cause.

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MOONPHASE
  Apr 01, 2008
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I disagree about the going to the movie staright on because thats what turns me off about Warner Brothers movies because its like the movie is starting but i want to choose the audio i want but it wont let me until the movie has already begun. and then it sounds weird with it going from soft audio to big audio. thats the biggest waste of time feature that ill gladly want to go away. im not saying for having ads to show up i just mean go directly to the main menu like how skateboarding dvds do

Archangel25
  Apr 01, 2008
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Where do I go to take the survey? I do not see a link that will take me there.

david2189
  Apr 01, 2008
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i dont mind going straigt through to the film but atleast try and make a nice menu we can access *ahem warner*

CassilineKnight
  Apr 01, 2008
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I'd like to be able to skip the Ad/trailers and go the MAIN MENU.

I mean you've got to choose the right settings for the movie and all that other stuff before you start watching. And I like to get comfy and get some grub before I plop down and watch a movie.

So I would never want to put in a bluray disc and have it just start playing immediately. That would be dumb.

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Josh
  Apr 01, 2008
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Archangel25: The link is at the bottom of the news article:

http://forum.blu-ray.com/forumdisplay.php?f=72

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Rike255
  Apr 01, 2008
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Done, there are some very neat ideas in there I had never even thought about.

RickD
  Apr 01, 2008
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Just completed the survey. Some cool ideas in there.

CptGreedle
  Apr 01, 2008
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Done. Hope that helps. Some great ideas in there, I just hope they improve over time as studios get
used to BD-J.

SquidPuppet
  Apr 01, 2008
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Completo

PQ and AQ are my main concern.....load times are 2nd place
Chuey
  Apr 01, 2008
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Three thing PQ, AQ and load times. Work on that first!

Archangel25
  Apr 01, 2008
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Thanks Josh.

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Rike255
  Apr 01, 2008
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I never really understood load times being a big issue.
If I'm going to watch a 2.5+ hour long movie, it doesn't seem like knocking 2 seconds off a 4 second load time would be a big plus to me. Or am I missing some big point?

Rovic
  Apr 01, 2008
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I completely agree with you moonphase, i like to choose my set up audio etc. before the movie begins....

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Rike255
  Apr 01, 2008
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^Same. I like putting on the movie and letting the previews run knowing it'll stop at the menu while I'm off making food or whatever. I hate it when the movie starts by itself.
ronix2720
  Apr 01, 2008
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I love everything about blu-ray but the thing I liked more about hddvd is the menues they were
all the same but for blu-ray it is just like a DVD menu

Dubweizer
  Apr 02, 2008
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Would definitely like to see some of these features integrated into the genre.
JadedRaverLA
  Apr 04, 2008
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Most of the ideas are really good. I have a serious problem with the idea of allowing end-users to re-edit films, though. When you go to a museum, they don't let you take a paintbrush to a Picasso. Likewise, you have no business re-editing films that are the director's art/product. If you don't like the way a film is put together, then you don't like the film and shouldn't buy it. Re-editing a film should ONLY be done by a director... and, in my opinion, should be far less frequent than it currently is. The audience deserves a SINGLE product. In some cases, a movie is essentially destroyed by a studio for its theatrical presentation ("Brazil" comes to mind)... and, in those cases, a Director's Cut is entirely appropriate.

For the most part, however, these Director's Cuts and Extended Cuts are essentially the same film as was released theatrically with only one or two minutes of extended footage. What's the point? If that footage was good in the first place, why was it not included in the theatrical cut of the film? Since it obviously wasn't considered good enough to initially include it, why not simply include it as a Deleted Scene so that those who wish to view it can, but it doesn't create an entirely new product for the audience.

I know many people feel that Director's Cuts/Extended Cuts are fantastic, and they always buy those versions of films -- but, personally, I feel that enough is enough -- WE (the audience) deserve to have ONE version of a film -- one version that we all have seen, and can discuss/debate without having to qualify all comments with which version of a film we have seen.

Anyway, that's just my opinion, and many will disagree. But, back on topic... the same reasons I am annoyed by the frequency with which films are recut by directors, producers, and studios, I am appalled by the idea that anyone not in any way associated with a project be allowed to recut a film in any way they see fit. Film is art... and art is created by artists -- not by those who see art.


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