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tonyd79 said:
I have to ask...are you familiar with the standards or are you assuming any conversion is a bad thing?
I am very familiar with similar technologies that use MPEG encoding and it is a fact that an MPEG2 stream that is transcoded to MPEG4 will never look as good as the original MPEG2 stream. To convert from MPEG2 to MPEG4 you basically have to decode the MPEG2 stream and re-encode in MPEG4. This means that you are starting off with whatever compression artifacts MPEG2 introduced and then adding new artifacts from MPEG4.

An MPEG4 stream derived from the same Uncompressed stream as an MPEG2 stream would likely look better than an equivalent bit rate MPEG2 stream, but so far everyone seems to think D* is taking MPEG2 and transcoding to MPEG4 which is disappointing.
 
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