HD picture quality, vs SD picture quality

The issue before last of Sound and Image magazine carries my article comparing the picture quality of SDTV and HDTV. In brief, I captured snippets of both versions of the same programs on a high definition PVR (the Strong SRT-5490), downloaded them to my computer, then took a number of matching frames for the comparison.

The article came out quite nicely, I thought, but in the translation of the stills to the printed page, I thought the differences weren’t quite as clear as they were on my computer screen. With my similar article in the current issue, with Blu-ray vs DVD, the differences in the comparison shots are a lot clearer.

Anyway, I’ve placed the whole article, complete with the comparison photos, here: Standard Definition TV vs High Definition TV: Is the latter really better than the former?

UPDATE (Saturday, 28 April 2007, 11:49 pm): I’ve also improved and uploaded an article I did for The Canberra Times on the 576p standard of ‘HDTV’: ‘When HDTV is not HDTV: 576p is not high definition

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