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HD/HD-Lite How shall we define them?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Tom Robertson, Aug 5, 2007.

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  1. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    Do these resolutions:

    1920x1080i = HD High
    1440x1080i = HD Medium
    1280x1080i = HD Low

    represent 16:9, 14:9, 4:3 aspect ratios? Or are they all intended to be outputted at 16:9?
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
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    I would stick with parameters in profiles of thousands encoder's racks and after that will proceed to discuss theoretical chance put a legion of engineers who will control PQ of the miriad of channels on 24/7/365 watch and tweak the profiles.
    Are you really envisioning it will happen ?
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    No, but I wish it would. :)
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    On page 17 of the PDF link I provided it says for 1280x1080 and 1440x1080 it's 16:9, for 1920x1080 is says 16:9 and "square samples", whatever that means.
  5. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    What that means is if the samples of the picture are square, 1920x1080 gives a ratio of 16:9 (1.778:1). 1280x1080 would be a ratio of 1.185:1 and 1440x1080 is 1.333:1. In order to fill the 16:9 screen, the samples for the latter two need to be rectangular.
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
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    Then we will see macro blocking, smear, lost of details, other hiccups forever if there no adherence to standard resolutions what our TV sets have and using starved bandwidth. :(
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
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    That means your TV screen have SQUARE (exclude CRT) pixels, and any attempt to make 1/3 or 1/4 extension (1280 -> 1920 or 1440 -> 1920) will distort a picture.
    That's what we see now, thanks to the silly COMPRESS formats by A81 for DTH.
  8. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005

    I fully appreciate how difficult this topic truly is. "MPEG2 1920x1080ix60x19Mbs square pixels" is the top of the line in broadcast standards. (sidebar) And I do not for a moment expect to see MPEG4 or 1080p24 broadcast OTA in 10 years. Too many brand new TVs would go dark

    So a question becomes what is the equivalent PQ for an MPEG4 stream that might not use square pixels? I no longer directly oppose a replacement of square pixels with rectangular ones--if PQ does not noticeably suffer--tho I do highly suspect such conversions.

    I do note that the latest ATSC definitions include objective terms in their definitions for HD.

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