…Are simply wagering their e-penises.
I wonder, since technology grows with leaps and bounds. I recall that in my early teens, televisions were by their standard definition ratio 4:3. Now TVs are 16:9 ratio, perfect for either stretching 4:3 ratio into horrible proportions or ideal for moviegoers who wants to watch movies at home. From vinyl records to cassette tapes to walkmen to CD players to now MP3 players.
A relevant article by Torrentfreak sparked my interest since some people are behind with technology in which others are okay with it but some left with mixed reactions and anger in their wake.
As a person who witness technology becoming for better/worse I can recall that DVD players introduced to the market was expensive. A decade later, DVD players are available to every home. About the price of a VCR today. Blu Ray happens to be the replacement of the DVD players but can I see why people are hesitant to buy Blu Ray players. Expensive? Still above 50 USD and people still have standard definition TVs. Any upscale/advantages over DVDs? Not so much but it is getting clearer when the dust settles for a couple of years and it shows improvement. It is a reasonable explanation why people still get left behind with technology.
I can see the understanding why people didn’t like the new formats but playing it for your DVD/PS3/Xbox 360 player? Even better. I wanted to play 10 bit mkv videos on my 1080 television but it wouldn’t.
As a person who is not familiar with playback files such as mp3, wmv, aac, flac, avi, swf, mp4, x264 and mkv, I can certainly see why pirate groups and fansubbers prefer using better playback formats.
To those who doesn’t know the difference between files named above, these are the following grouped:
Music or sound files: mp3, wav and flac.
Image files: jpeg, bmp, png.
video files: avi, wmv, flv, mp4, mkv.
Best for sound? flac. Best for Images? png. In exceptions when taking photos in real life, jpeg is good. Best for video files? mkv.
From a fansub perspective in the early years of 2000
with their purpose to piss off licensing companies most fansubbers hard subbed in avi format. Till the late year 2000s fansubbers use mkv format due to shows becoming more high definition and that mkv can do more than what avi does. Examples such as selecting subs on/off (an example of softsubbing) and chapter entries. Most people torrent/DDL mkv format simply because there is a considerable difference when watching and function on mkv and avi. Difference would happen to be quality and the way how the episode is chaptered.
A new issue for fansubbers is the transition from 8 bit to 10 bit. Many people are analpained about fansubbers who still use 8 bit playback instead of 10 bit. While I am all for better picture quality and I upgraded to a better PC, to say that people who watch the 8 bit version is like watching eye cancer. That hurts because not everyone can watch HD anime in 1080p and some people wouldn’t mind dealing with blocky pictures. Cue reasons why an anime made in 1990’s – early 2000 – 2007 isn’t worth converting into HD versions unless the Blu Ray came out. Better to watch 4:3 anime on a standard computer screen than 16:9 and vice versa with having black lines on top and bottom or left and right.
Even 720p vs 1080p has slight difference but for my eyes, it sees no difference unless it happens to be a movie made from Hollywood. Same goes for FLAC vs. AAC sound files. Unless you have really good ears.
Perhaps people can finally stop asking old people why in our olden days our entertainment looks like shit.