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It's Here! Monon Bell DVD is Shipped; Discs are Still Available

January 9, 2002

January 9, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "Exciting" 642KB] Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Exciting" 293KB] "It's exciting that players, parents, alumni and football fans will enjoy this disc, and I know that they will," said Ken Owen, director of media relations at DePauw University, as Sony Digital Disc Manufacturing delivered boxes of the DePauw-produced Monon Bell DVD to campus this afternoon. "It's even more exciting that DePauw University can do this-- take cutting edge technology and deliver its message in a new way."

Owen, sports information director Bill Wagner and web communications specialist Scott Cooper had hoped the disc of the classic 2001 game, which was decided on the final play, would be ready for Christmas deliveries. Manufacturing delays, and insistence on producing the best-quality DVD possible, pushed the schedule back a few weeks. But the three collaborators on the project say the wait was worthwhile.

Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "Great Quality" 589KB] Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Great Quality" 270KB] "The DVD of the Monon Bell game just takes it to another level," Wagner says. "The rivalry is already great, and people have bought (video) cassettes of the game for years, to view and to store. Now, they can have it forever, on the best-quality home video format invented to date."

The 122-minute program contains every play of the game, some of the sideline features and a few bonus surprises that are hidden in some of the menus. The artwork and menus were designed by Cooper, who says, Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "It's Impressive" 224KB] Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "It's Impressive" 102KB] "I think people who receive the disc will really be excited at the quality of the production."

The DePauw DVD team admits it was not easy creating a top-quality, professional DVD in-house. "I spent my free evenings in the summer learning the capabilities of our system," Owen states. "But even now, seven months after I started, I continue to have new revelations about the possibilities and the pitfalls of DVD creation." Taking a nearly four hour game and fitting it on one disc was the first problem. Once edited, a second dilemma emerged. Fitting the two hour plus program on one disc required using a lower than desirable "bit rate," and the trio agreed the picture quality was not up to par. Their solution? The game fills both sides of the DVD, with each half on a side, so "the picture is absolutely pristine. By using less compression we created a DVD that will look every bit as good as the master tape from the broadcast truck that it was created from," Owen said.

With the DVD, you can watch the game from start to finish, or go directly to the key moments, utilizing Cooper's menus. Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "Navigating the Disc" 470KB] Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Navigating the Disc" 216KB]"You can go in, scroll through, find, for example, one of the touchdowns in the third quarter and just watch that actual piece of the DVD any time you want," Cooper says.

The DVD is a limited edition, and there will not be another manufacturing run. You can still order discs, for $15 each (plus $3 shipping and handling and 5% sales tax for Indiana residents, major credit cards are accepted), by contacting DePauw's Office of Media Relations at (765) 658-4634 or by sending an e-mail by clicking here.

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