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- October 2006 -
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Classic Home Toys Installment #6
The Sirius Movie CD was a marvelous creation and the CD-ROM's which were released worked very well and represented a giant leap forward in CD-ROM movie technology.
Of all the home toys previously looked at in this series of articles, the Sirius Movie CD is probably the most obscure. But, is also one of the most innovative and the Movie CD would pave the way for the DVD-ROM drive so many end users now take for granted.
The Sirius Movie CD was introduced to the public in 1997. Arizona based Sirius Publishing (no relation the the satellite radio company) had the concept of allowing computer users to use CD-ROM's, previously used for text information, stored images, and short video clips, to view full, feature-length Hollywood movies on the CD-ROM drives present in their desktop PC's and laptops.
DVD's were just starting to appear when the Sirius
Movie CD was hitting the market. It was the DVD that would spell a
quick end for this innovative, if poorly timed, product. Sirius Movie CD
catalogues professed the following:
The most important part of Movie CD's tagline is that it was not necessary to purchase additional hardware or software. PC users who had machines with100MHZ processors could run and view an entire 2 hour movie without any interruption. Every CD-ROM contained a motion pixels decompressor which would uncompress the file on the CD-ROM which had been compressed when the CD-ROM was manufactured. Whether or not your PC already had the decompression software, every time the user installed a Movie CD, the decompressor was installed this way insuring that end users always had the most up to date software.
Established in 1994, the Motion Pixels
Company had developed innovative video technologies that allow
full-frame, high-quality video to be displayed on a multimedia personal
computer, a feature previously unattainable without theuse of
additional computer hardware. The Motion Pixels
compression/decompression (codec) technology represented a significant
advance in digital video technologies. Playback was accomplished
through a compact code that provides a fully-scaleable performance over
several different configurations based on PC system capabilities and a
patent pending enlargement technology that plays full-screen video on
relatively modest computer systems. The result was video compression
that provides an unparalleled combination of video quality and
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