Originally Posted By: Chris Morrell
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Here’s my reasoning:
Though many members may have DVD Players/DVD-ROM Drives, many more are likely to have a computer with a CD-ROM drive. Most of you who frequent the message board are more tech savvy than those who don't use the board. I'd like to make our video available to as many people as possible. VHS might be the best option for universality, but we can use the same rapid-production methods with regular video tapes. We also can't use some of the more advanced features that DVD/CD-ROM offers.
The other thing about CD-ROMs is that we would be able to make the CD more interactive. We could also possibly make the CD-ROM download updated content from the internet so that you could view up-to-date information after viewing the video.
The last thing to consider is that CDs are much less expensive to produce. Though we'll be offering the video free to our members, it still is your membership dues going towards the cost. A CD costs less than 10 cents to produce, and a rapid CD copier is cheaper producing more CDs in less time. A DVD, on the other hand costs over a dollar to produce, and DVD copiers cost much more and are much slower.
Lastly, it's possible that we could produce the CD-ROMs such that they can be viewed in a VCD compatible DVD Player. Many newer DVD Players can play VCD, SVCD, and Picture CDs. That would mean that you'd still be able to watch the video on a TV, but those who don't have DVD players would be able to watch it on their computer.
I'm not an expert in digital video, so I'm not exactly sure what's possible. With my limited knowledge, though, I feel as though the CD-ROM option would be the best option.
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