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QualityTo make this as fair and decent as possible, we're not going to give you a load of crap of how good the picture quality is, or how professional the menus and covers are.
Below you can read descriptions and see/hear examples about the different parts of the package, from video quality to box print quality.
Composite doesn't give the sharpest image, and it doesn't give a noise free image. Ataris cheap RGB to composite conversion module doesn't help the quality either.
After hours of testing and comparing, it would appear that big areas of (light)blue/purple give the most visible noise from both a Falcon and STe.
Check this (475kB) as example of worst-case scenarios (Underscore and Fantasia screen-dumps).
But to be fair, the general qualitty is better, here (691kB) is an example of more typical quality scenarios (Delta and Moving into darkness screen-dumps).
So how does the Atariscene DVD look like?
First of all, we are recording in PAL. That means that the actual FRAMERATE is 25 FPS, but as PAL is interlaced (two half frames per full frame) - where each half frame contains motion - we're getting the full 50 Hz motion recorded. Scrollers are smooth, all motion is captured.
If you have a DVD player able to play MPEG2 files (with MP2 audio) connected to a TV, you can download example MPEG2-files with clips from the DVDs and judge the smoothness by yourself. NOTICE! If you play the above file on a computer screen, you will see a "jagginess" which is due to the interlaced video.
Download (2.3MB) example MP3 file (Moving into darkness, Echos and Grimey sound-clips).
Audio-wise we've extracted the audio from the DV-tape in most cases, which were recorded at 16bit 44100Hz stereo. The audio stream was then encoded into 224kbit stereo dolby digital AC3 audio using A.Pack from Dolby.
The box is a standard-size DVD-box with holders for two discs inside. The boxes are cheap, and sometimes have smaller glitches, but nothing major.
The cover picture is not designed by a professional graphics artist, but by ourself, it is printed onto normal xerox photo-copier paper with a HP Laserjet colour printer. The result is somewhat stripey, but it looks cool enough in your DVD-shelf.
You can view a scan of a printed cover here (270kB 75DPI).
(if you are about to print your own cover, please use the supplied 300 DPI original cover picture from the downloads page instead)