HDTV – The Current Conversion

August 3, 2009 – 9:49 am, posted by Oliver

With HDTV now the standard for broadcasts in the United States, you would think that by now everything would be in High Definition. But this is sadly not yet true. See, the FCC mandated that all broadcasts had to be over High Definition channels, but as of yet there is no regulation over which format they must be recorded in. So if a recording studio is still using the original cameras to record their shows, then even though you are watching an HD Channel on a High Definition Television, the show you will be watching will still look like analog.

Over the next 5 years, you can expect everything coming out to be recorded in High definition, but as for now, not everything is. Unfortunately for the older films and or series, they are not going to be rerecorded, so the only thing that they can do for them is what is called ‘up conversion;. This is the process of digitally enhancing what has already been recorded in either 4:3 standard or widescreen format, and compressing it to an EHD (Equivalent of High Definition) format. This is not perfect by any standards, and to be honest with you, I prefer to watch what has already been recorded, in its original format. This is because the process can actually destroy the film visually. You can still watch it, but it will be distorted, especially those things that were recorded in 4:3 standard.

So for the time being, we’re stuck in the middle, waiting for the networks and studios to catch up with the technology.



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