The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0126 Friday, 9 February 2007
Date: Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 10:07:44 -0800
Subject: 18.0097 Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0097 Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
Actually, a DVD can have up to 720x576 pixels/frame because PAL is higher
than NTSC. In the case of scan lines, you have 1080i (which is 540/540
interlaced lines) or you have 1080p, which displays like film (one frame
at a time like film instead of interlacing). Film is not measured in
resolution like DV or HD is so that's why it's difficult to make a direct
comparison. Some (like Canon) have stated it would take around 40
megapixels of depth to equal a 35mm film frame, and there has been tons of
speculation & testing which purport other results. But the bottom line is
mostly subjective. The "art of compression" is a complex one, so even if
70% of a film's image is tossed when going to digital, *which* 70% is it?
Is it 69% of the film you can't even see even in a movie theatre? Is the
viewer's subjective "filmgoing" experience any less? Maybe waxing too
philosophical here. :)
Maybe Branagh's Hamlet will skip DVD altogether and jump directly to
HD-DVD/Blu-ray? One can only hope...
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