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FairfaxIT: Mayhem at the movies (The 'DivX;-)' CODEC)

Aug 21, 2000, 01:30 (5 Talkback[s])

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"Sitting in the bedroom of his parents' modest Mt Eliza home just south of Frankston, not far from the exclusive Bayside suburb's quaint village centre, 20-year-old computer science student Michael Saunders loads a CD-ROM into his computer."

"The screen blossoms to life with the blockbuster movie The Matrix. The CD-ROM movie is notable for two things: picture and sound are excellent - very close to that experienced with the new DVD format - and not like the older low-quality VideoCD. Yet the movie fits on a single 650MB CD-recordable, which has about a tenth the storage capacity of a DVD."

"...The Matrix is a sci-fi cyberpunk adventure, but for the film studios it may as well be the start of an endless line of horror movies. Keanu Reeves' character wakes to his nightmare; the movie industry must now confront a demon it thought was years away: the opportunity for unlimited piracy."

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