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post #2 of Old 10-22-2002
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DVD or video

For my $.02, if you''re only going to do one, do the DVD. Both would be better for your market, but I can imagine the cost of producing in both media would be high.

Video tape is on the way out. Our VCR broke, if we didn''t have sa bunch of kids videos on VHS I would not have replaced it. When I went to buy a new one, there were only two models of VHS only devices in the store I went to - everything was either DVD or combo VHS/DVD units. Both were under $100 though...

DVD advantages:

- DVD has almost the market penetration of VHS these days
- Can watch them on newer PC''s too, and add special PC features to the DVD
- Don''t wear out the same way
- Can''t get demagnetized
- Don''t pull out & get tangled
- Look & sound better
- Don''t have to re-wind, makes finding the part you want to see easier.

- If the quality of your video is not high, it won''t look great on DVD. People are used to lousy video quality on VHS.
- You will shut yourself out from the few people that do not have a DVD; I don''t know how many cruisers this encompasses though.

I don''t know how DVD equipment & media holds up in a marine environment, although I can''t imagine it does any worse than VHS.
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