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Display quality

3.1 HD shown on television

There are some who say there is no point in shooting HD when the finished product is only ever going to be shown on television – I disagree. Just as a film originated on 35mm looks better on either PAL or NTSC than one originated on 16mm or Digi Beta, the same is true for HD, as it is a picture of very similar quality to 35 mm. This is known as retaining its headroom.

As an HDCAM tape recorded in the 24P format is rapidly becoming the international exchange format, we can expect a gradual increase in picture quality for prestige programming. It is possible to play a 24P HDCAM tape out of, say, a Sony HDW F500 VTR, where the output is already converted to the PAL or NTSC formats. Even using this simplistic ...

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