HD-DVD question

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  1. Alex-C

    Alex-C Screenwriter

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    If and when this comes out, I have the following question:

    Do movies have to be shot with a HD camera in order to be high def, which I assume is 1080i ?

    If that is true, then how can existing movies, take for example - oh I don't know, take Forrest Gump, can it be "converted" to a high def picture ?

    Maybe the master print can be produced in such a way to get the 1080i but still, I am confused.

    Another similar question, will a high def (blu-ray, D-VHS etc.) version of a catalog movie look the same as a high def show like Leno ? I mean I know Leno shoots on special cameras in order to obtain the high def picture, but of course, that is video and not film.
     
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    Film, is Super Hi-Def compaired to HD. HDTV has a resolution of 2mega pixels, 35mm film is in the range of 6 to 10 mega pixels for fine grain film, hi speed film has larger grain so it has less resolution 2 to 6mega. Optics used when filming also plays a part in final resolution.
     
  3. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    And don't expect film in Hi-Def to look like video. Video is very clean by its nature, while film is textured and stylized by its very nature
     
  4. Jack Briggs

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    The simple answer is "no." It is up to high-def video to do justice to the original source which, more often than not, will have vastly greater resolution than any home-video format.

    (That is, 35mm film is already much, much higher in definition than either 720p or 1080i.)
     
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    Movies are converted to DVD by first digitizing them onto tape. The tape used by the studios is a format called D5 that has a resolution of 1920x1080. For a DVD, that resolution has to be converted down to 720x480. For High Definition, the 1920x1080 resolution can be used as is.
     
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    I'm fervently hoping that when HD goes "mainstream", we won't get a flood of complaints from people saying that films on hidef video look "inferior" because of the presence of grain.
     
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    Hey, they do that already with standard DVD-Video, Robert!
     
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    LOL good point, Jack. It might get to the point, though, where some people will demand that others follow Lucas and shoot everything on HD video rather than film. Prior to HD, no one ever said video looks better than film.
     
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    If I may interject, Lucas jumped the gun by shooting 'SW EPII' on digital tape. It may have looked spectacular in theaters equipped to show it in it's true digital form, but for the rest of us, it looked like crap. Too much grain. The format clearly isn't really ready, he should have waited until 'EP III' IMO.
     
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    That wasn't grain, that was video noise AND grain
    The 10 Megapixel cameras MAY come close to film, we'll see.
     
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