Q: Weâ€™ve seen the demo DVD, and it looks cool, but
why do we need one?
It isnâ€™t a matter of needing one, once you see all
it has on it, youâ€™ll want one. You see, My
DVD Yearbook was never intended to replace your
paper yearbook; itâ€™s an exciting product that
stands on its own. Paper yearbooks are great,
weâ€™ve got them ourselves, but with My DVD Yearbook
you can see your classmates as they really
were/are; their body language, their mannerisms,
the inflection in their voicesâ€”itâ€™s a much more
complete memory of your high school experience.
Why would you own a paper yearbook and not also
get a movie version of your high school
Q: But I don't have a DVD
player, and besides, the technology's just going
to change anyway.
A: You may
not have a DVD player now, but it's highly likely
you will, probably sooner than later.
The Rocky Mountain
News, Denver, Colorado wrote, "DVD Playersâ€¦have
become the fastest growing consumer electronics
product in history" (12-31-2001), and, "DVD to hit
one-billion milestone faster than any format in
history" (4-24-2002). Pretty much every new
computer today has a DVD player built in. In
addition, stand alone DVD players can be purchased
for as low as $45.00.
technology always trades up, which is to say,
there has never been a format (beta, 8-track,
super 8, etc) that technology could not change to
the new format, in this case, DVDs. (Additional
Information at Bottom of Page.)
Q: But Iâ€™m a Sophomore/Junior, why
shouldnâ€™t I just wait until next year when I'm a
Senior to get one?
In that case, why buy a paper yearbook? You would
buy our yearbook for all the same reasons you buy
your paper yearbooks, because there are moments
unique to this year, because there are upper
classmen that you will want to remember who will
not be on next years disc. And, finally, there is
no guarantee that we will be back next year. If
interest isnâ€™t strong enough, we may need to move
to a larger market.
Q: But dude, I hate school! I want to forget this
place the minute I get my diploma.
Thatâ€™s probably true right now, we didnâ€™t much
like our school experience either, but as time
goes by, your whole school experience will be this
one small, but very important segment of your
life. High school is your last big transition
into the adult world. Whether you like the people
around you or not, they are effecting how you will
make that transition. But, for most of you, it
will just be fun to look back on that whole world
and remember what it was really like. Look, after
high school, most of you wonâ€™t see each other
again until your high school reunions, and many of
you will never see each other again; thatâ€™s just
the way life works, but itâ€™s still a part of you,
and years from now itâ€™ll really matter what
happened while you were here.
Q: Whatâ€™s in it for the schools?
The school gets a kickback for every sale, but
thatâ€™s really not important because we didnâ€™t make
this DVD for the school, we made them for you. We
know the school will benefit from this, and so far
theyâ€™re happy with us, but we went into this with
you in mind.
Q: Does this mean that youâ€™ll be doing this at our
school next year?
We really want to, but thatâ€™s up to you. Vernal
has been our test market, a way for us to quietly
pioneer our idea and see how it flies. If enough
of you show interest in My DVD Yearbook, weâ€™d be
happy to come back next year, but like the rest of
life, thereâ€™s no guarantee.
Q: $39.95â€¦that sounds like a lot of money.
Well, Pixus uses the same hi tech equipment that
Hollywood does to make its movies. If we were
making these things out of our garage or selling
millions of copies, we could probably charge less,
but youâ€™d see it in the quality. Forty bucks
sounds like a lot of money right now, but in a
week youâ€™ll never even remember that you spent it,
and youâ€™ll have a lifetime of memories to show for
--The reason that those of us at Pixus wanted to
make this product in the first place is because we
understood how cool it would be if we could play
back those school years ourselves, but that isnâ€™t
even an option for us.
Q: DVD Yearbooks sounds like a new ideaâ€¦is it, and
why start it in Vernal?
Itâ€™s just a roll of the dice. My DVD Yearbook is
debuting in Vernal because this is where we live,
and weâ€™re the first ones to come up with the
idea. Undoubtedly every school will do this
eventually, though we are convinced theirs will
never be as loaded or as slick as ours, but you
are the first to get a crack at it.
Q: How do I get one?
There are several ways, but the easiest way is to
just order one from us while we are in the
school. You can also get them here on-line or by
phone, but it will be better all the way around if
you order them by the end of the school year
because we will be determining how many DVDs weâ€™re
going to make based on your participation. Weâ€™ll
be making a few more than those ordered, but when
those run out, it will be much more expensive to
get others produced unless they are made in bulk
quantities-it's just the way the industry works.
Why Own a DVD?
digital, images comprised of ones and zeros--no
format has ever been easier to transform, should
the need ever arise, nor any format easier to
reproduce if your copy should ever get lost or
destroyed. In short, preserving your memories in a
digital, DVD format is probably the safest way in
the history of mediums of making sure those
special moments never fade away.
Quality--Viewing quality is superior-Better
resolution and raw material allows for a crisper,
more life-like image than ever before.
Integrity--DVDs live longer, maybe even 100
years or more. The information is etched onto a
thin metal alloy, and then preserved in resin
which is resistant to water, fire and other
natural and human disasters. In a worst case
scenario, even if the resin of the outer shell is
badly damaged, it's possible that the information
inside, etched on the metal, can still be
retrieved. DVDs are not indestructible, but they
are much more resilient than paper.
Playback Durability--Because digital
technology does not rely on magnetic particles to
create the images, it isn't subject to the same
"drop-off" rate that standard video has always
suffered. Meaning, it doesn't lose any of its
quality, no matter how many times you watch it.
Long-Term Storage--Ditto with storing DVDs,
for the same reasons.
Space--DVDs require far less space than
video cassettes for storage, and they contain much
more room than VHS. This allows you not only to
keep more of them easily accessible, but you can
also fit more valuable information on them.
Dying--Analog technology is a dying
industry-just look in the video department of any
movie outlet. Kids born today will need an
encyclopedia to know what a VHS tape was, just
like they do when referencing a vinyl LP today.
Degradation--Quality in a VHS tape degrades
little by little with each playback. That is why
videos you watched a few years ago that were new
look fuzzy and speckled.
Destruction--VHS tape gets caught up in
gears, tied in knots, and scratched to ribbons.
This is just one of the many reasons the industry
is dying. Try it yourself, and you'll gladly bid
farewell to this dinosaur.
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