[opendtv] Re: Why Europe should choose 720P for HDTV

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 12:28:49 -0500

At 10:58 AM -0500 12/13/04, John Shutt wrote:
>In recent years, with the advent of CCD cameras with electronic shutters, it
>has become standard practice for all but the main "up" camera (the one that
>gives the overall view of the field from the press box) to have the shutters
>cranked up.  This does two things, one good, one bad IMHO.
>The good thing is the faster than 1/60th shutter speed captures motion much
>better, and gives crystal clear slow motion replays.  However, the bad thing
>(to me) is that during the play if one of these 'cranked' cameras is aired
>live, the motion has a definite stroboscopic effect that I still find
>annoying even after watching it for years.
>The natural blurring that occurs within the camera during a 1/60 second
>exposure (for a field of video) makes the resulting motion appear more
>'natural' to me.  Capturing video at 1/1000 second exposure does provide for
>very good slo-mo replays, but lousy real-time video.
>Perhaps this is the phenomenon you are witnessing, Doug?

John nailed it. Crank the shutter up too fast and you will see motion 

The good news is that with 720P you do not have to blur as much. The 
individual frames from 720@60P are much sharper than either 
interlaced SDTV or HDTV since you are sampling the entire frame at 
full vertical resolution, not half. I suspect that the 720P cameras 
are being run either at 1/60th/sec or slightly higher, perhaps 
120th/sec, but not any higher.

perhaps someone out there actually knows?

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