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MPEG artificats in analog cable!? [Oct. 11th, 2005|08:17 pm]
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Why the hell do I see MPEG artifacts during commercials on analog cable?

Is the new way to distribute commercials to studios via crappy MPEG files?

Lame. Not that I care about commercial quality much, but I hate this "digital" world being used to lower costs more than increasing quality. Kinda depressing.

[User Picture]From: newscane
2005-10-12 03:27 am (UTC)
A lot of video actually is distributed digitally these days. A system called Pathfire is used by the affiliate services of several news networks to distribute content to their affiliates. It's also used by syndicators, and I believe by some commercial distributors as well. They use MPEG files... but I've never seen MPEG artifacts result from them.

It could also be one of the digital videotape formats, like BetaSX or Digibeta. I've seen some weird digital stuff result from them.
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