I brought The Fugitive to work and ran it on the Power Mac G3. It paled in comparison to my $350 DVD player and $350 27″ TV. It was a bit jerky, grainy, and the quality got even worse when I tried to do anything else on the computer.
The same thing happened this week when I popped in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DVD. It would come to a standstill when I used other programs.
Field reports on the iMac and the Power Mac G4 regularly report that the sound and video get out of sync, a situation which apparently gets worse with every change of scene in a movie.
Frankly, I don’t get it. Why watch DVDs on a $1,300 (or more) computer when you can buy a real DVD player for $250-350, connect it to your TV, and get far better quality sound and pictures.
Sure, it’s geeky cool to watch DVDs on your computer, but am I missing something here?
With a separate DVD player, nothing the computer does causes problems. The picture isn’t grainy. The sound isn’t limited by the computer’s speaker (or speakers, in the case of the iMac).
I’ll grant that watching movies on vacation with a PowerBook is probably the most practical application of DVD technology on a computer.
But if you’re in the market for an iMac, the $300 difference between the base Blueberry model and the iMac DV can pay for a real DVD player.
What is the attraction of watching DVDs on the Mac?
- The DVD Page, my introduction to DVD
- The DVD Resource Page, best DVD resource I know of. Not only an excellent site, but the webmaster is a Mac user, so he comments on DVDs that are problematic on the Mac.
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