480p or 1080i Upconversion?

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  1. Neil McCaulley

    Neil McCaulley Stunt Coordinator

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    Quick question. Which DVD presentation will look better—480p or 1080i? I have heard that 1080i sometimes looks better (closer to hi-def) than 480p, even if you are using a progressive scan DVD player.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    Double post somewhow..
     
  3. John S

    John S Producer

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    Depends at least somewhat on your display, somewhat on your the DVD player in question too.

    Works extremely well for me, but my display has a lot of mitigating circumstances that make it an unfair test on my particular display -vs- others.
    On my display a 480p anamorphic widescreen could never look as good as a 1080i anamorphic widescreen. But even given that, 480p is real good when I compare to it the 1080i upconverted stuff on my display.
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Most CRT HDTV's scan only at 1080i so if your DVD player does not convert 480p to 1080i, the TV will and must.

    The video always comes off the disk as 480i. Going to 1080i in one step is vastly inferior compared with going to 480p first and then to 1080i.

    Only by audition can you determine whether investing in a player that does the 1080i conversion is worth it.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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