Where does HD come from

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  1. Jon Sciabica

    Jon Sciabica Agent

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    What format do networks such as HBO and Showtime get their HD Movies on? Do they do their out transfers?

    Obviously not on DVD, maybe DVHS, probably not.
     
  2. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

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    probably the high-def masters, which are on tape, but not D-VHS copies, a totally different format altogether.

    Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Yes, D-5 tape. Before you ask, these decks are close to 6 figures
     
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    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    Yep. In some parts of the country you can buy a house for less than a D5 deck. And let's not even start about the rest of the equipment at a HD facility.
     
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    To answer the rest of the question, both HBO and Showtime have their own in-house telecine departments and do most of their own film-to-tape transfers. Though Panasonic's D5-HD is the most common mastering format, much of the work at the two movie networks has been done to Sony's HDCAM.

    BTW - the D5 has gotten a bit less expensive. Panasonic now sells a model with both the 1080 24P and 720P penthouse tops built in. It takes up a LOT less space in the rack now too!
     

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