Minimum viewing distance for 480p?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ryan Patterson, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. Ryan Patterson

    Ryan Patterson Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 11, 1999
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    I've searched forums and articles for a Critical Viewing Distance value for 480p, but so far I've only seen values for 480i, 720p, and 1080i. Living in Calgary without a satellite system dictates that all my viewing for the will be in 480p (progressive DVDs and upconverted cable channels) for quite a while. My viewing distance is 8 feet in the sweet spot and probably won't change for at least 2-3 years. I have a friend who has a Sony 57" 16:9 set, but unfortunately I never brought over a measuring tape to judge distance. My best guess was that I had to sit 10 feet away before I couldn't see any scanlines (I'm 6'1", and lying down between the TV and couch still left a couple of feet open, plus I added 2 more feet for when you sit back on the couch) This works out to be about 4.3 PH for my personal CVD... ie. a 57" 16:9 screen has a height of 27.9" so (27.9 X 4.3) / 12 equals approx 10 feet. Is this about right? I know that everyone's eyes are different and some sit closer/farther before scanlines become apparent, but since I didn't have a measuring tape, I'm just going by guesswork.

    If this is the case, then I'll be looking at getting either a 36" 4:3 set or a 46" 16:9 set, as anything bigger will produce obvious scanlines for me.

    Thanks in advance for your input,

  2. Dan Stone

    Dan Stone Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 28, 2001
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    I've noticed the same thing that you have about the lack of 480p in the viewing distance calculators. However, I do recall reading somewhere that for 480p the viewing distance should be five times the picture height, although this is purely from memory as I can no longer find the source where I got that info from. As it sounds like you're already aware, the formulas are nothing but a starting point and don't replace actually going to a store, having them play a progressive signal, viewing potential TV sizes from your viewing distance and then deciding what looks the best to you.

    Hope this helps.


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