I'm curious about "digital copies"

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  1. mallbritton macrumors 6502

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    So as the title of the thread say I'm curious about the new "digital copies" some movie studios have started including on some commercial DVDs.

    What are the specs on them? I'm assuming they have Apple's FairPlay on them. What bit rate are they? Do they have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound or are they Dolby Pro Logic II like the videos you can get from the iTunes store?

    I'm making an educated guess that the digital copy files have similar specs to the video we can buy from the iTunes store, but I don't know. So any information someone might have about them I would be interested in knowing.

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    Michael
     
  2. pagansoul macrumors 65816

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    I have a few digital copies, some are made for PC only which I guess are from the Walmart days. I have not loaded them. I have a few 'for ipod' that were public domain movies, old black & white Hitchcock, and they were just little QT rips and work fine. I have not tried the current versions, like with Cloverfield, yet.
     
  3. mallbritton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm asking about the digital copies that movie studios are now starting to include on a physical DVD, such as with the movie Juno.

    This is an iTunes compatible, pre-encoded, digital copy of the movie that is already on the disc.

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    Michael
     
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    The digital copy on the Family Guy Blue Harvest (Star Wars) DVD turned out to just be a code for a free iTunes download of the episode.
     
  5. mallbritton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    According to this it is a physical file on an actual disk. Not a download from the iTunes Store.

    This Apple KB article also says the digital copy is on a disc, not a download.

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  6. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Correct. The file included on the disc is hidden and it's an encrypted format. That's why you have to log into iTunes, enter your special code and account information and then it will copy the file to your Library as the protected m4v. At first glance, it looks like just a link to the iTunes Music Store and it LOOKS like it's downloading but, it's actually just copying from the disc.
     
  7. mallbritton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So does anyone actually have one of these things, or are we all too cool to buy them? :)

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    My Blu-Ray copy of Hitman includes a second DVD with an iTunes Digital Copy of the movie. Works great on my Apple TV and my iPhone.

    I'd really like to see all studios do this for all movies.
     
  9. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    You actually PAID for Hitman? I got it from iTunes for free because someone at Apple made a mistake... hehe. I haven't watched it yet, but people say it's a terrible movie.
     
  10. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    I have the digital copy of Juno and it's exactly like an iTunes Music Store purchased video. Same encoding, works on ALL video enabled iPods (Yes, even the 5th Gen) and it's anamorphic widescreen.
     
  11. mallbritton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! That is the information I was looking for.

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  12. mallbritton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Indeed. I haven't bought one simply because I haven't bought a new DVD in a while, but I like the idea. I hope that in the future they start including the DD 5.1 sound track in addition to the Dolby Pro Logic II in the files as well. But I think that might be just wishful thinking on my part.

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    I was under the impression that iTunes movies were not anamorphic and limited to 640xwhatever. Has something changed?
     
  14. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Indeed. Movies are now Anamporphic. Check 'em out. My Juno movie is 853x461 and my Hitman movie (from iTunes) is 853x365. However, I don't think ALL movies on iTunes are anamorphic because the movie Bandits is only 640 wide.
     
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    That's good news. I wonder how you would find out what the resolution is prior to purchase.

    Also, iPods are limited to 640xwhatever .... so do they work with these 853 wide movies?

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  16. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Actually... the funny thing is... the iPods are NOT limited to 640 wide... they're limited to 480 HIGH. I always thought that the iPods could not play anything wider than 640 but, that's just not true because my 5th Gen iPod can play the Juno digital copy and my iPod touch can play it also. I'm not sure how it works exactly... I just know that it does indeed work. My Mom watched Juno on my original 5th Gen iPod connected to her TV and it worked great.
     
  17. ftaok macrumors 601

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    That's really cool (what's not cool is Apple's tech specs stating otherwise). I guess that I can encode my videos at the aTV resolution of 853x480 (for DVD rips) and they'll play on a touch. HD material would still need two separate copies (one for aTV and one for the touch).

    Mind you that I have neither an aTV or a touch, but both are on my wishlist.

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  18. minik macrumors 65816

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    I bought Juno on Blu-ray disc and it came with a separate DVD disc with Digital Copy on it. I really like the idea of Digital Copy.

    Interestingly, the printed material on the disc mentioned something like Windows Meida Player and ZUNE. I guess it's not tied to iPod/iTunes in the end.
     
  19. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    I want to get one just to see how the quality is. I've never purchased video from iTunes (mostly because I'm in Canada and we've only recently got TV eps) and all of my content is ripped from my DVDs. When I rip I use the highest quality possible for the AppleTV and don't worry about compatibility with my iPhone/Pod. I've always read that the iTunes videos looks fine but that they could be better. If that's the case I'd rather spend the time to rip and convert the DVD myself. Even if the video is sub-par it still is a move in the right direction, I'm really happy that it's starting to become more and more of an option.
     

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