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Not all Hi-Def is the same...there are image quality variations

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Purchasing event video in older Standard Definition (DVD) is a mistake and a total waste of money!
Hi-Definition widescreen video is far more visually impressive and delivers much greater value for the money.
  Take a closer look at our Hi-Def & avoid making the wrong decision.

What is High Definition?
Hi-Def is a very high visual quality video standard featuring picture quality virtually equal to large professional photos with all the detail & colour associated with high-end photography along with widescreen viewing. The popularity of Hi-Def home viewing of specialty HD TV channels & HD rented Blu-ray movies has grown rapidly, this popularity is now dominant in our trade as clients seek the best available for their event videos and their new Hi-Def TV’s.
There are various levels of HD quality, the term 1920 x 1080 is misleading, the great majority of Hi-Def competitors are now using small HD cameras that do not compare at all with the image quality of full size TV cameras. Low-end HD also involves further compression to make longer programs fit unto low-cost lower-capacity 25 GB Blu-ray discs. We use costly double layered 50 GB discs requiring far less compression resulting in more robust images. Grainy & unsharp off-colour HD images are common in our trade, if you upgrade to HD you're obviously seeking high image quality therefore it's essential to make proper comparisons between low cost HD & genuine HD. Once you see our HD images nothing else will measure up!
There are 5 requirements for great HD TV quality images...
1-the camera must have three 2/3 inch imagers, not one 1/3 inch or three 1/2 inch. Most single imager type cameras are below TV standards.
Excessively large imagers are risky for video mostly due to focusing imperfections, but they great for still photos.
2-the camera's light sensitivity needs to be quite high so as not to require further amplification resulting in graininess
3-the lens needs to be a higher-end HD type lens, lower quality lenses reduce image quality even before the imager gets to do its work
4-the editing system needs to be a genuine professional HD system that does not reduce image quality by excessive compression
5-Blu-ray discs need to be transcoded & burned with the least compression using up-to-date software
low-end HD service fail all the above, simply recording in 1920 x 1080 does not guarantee great HD images


What’s HDTV, HD, HDV, XDCAM HD, HDSLR, USB drive, Blu-ray, 4K, 8K & Ultra HD?
HDTV is Hi-Definition broadcast by major TV networks.
HD refers to the new standards of quality whether broadcast and viewed on new HDTV television sets or viewed on Hi-Definition discs known as “Blu-ray”.
Viewing of HD video is also possible on USB drives.
HDV is a lower-end recording standard designed for home video recording and is not meant for professional use although it is still used by low end Videographers in our trade.
XDCAM HD is Sony's professional Hi-Def video standard. This TV standard has been popular with professional & broadcasters for many years. Older XDCAM cameras used recordable discs, the latest full size XDCAM cameras have been completely upgraded and now record on high capacity memory cards. The latest models are much more light sensitive & far better designed for Event Videography.
HDSLR & DSLR refers to newer Nikon, Canon & Sony still-photo cameras that have limited video capabilities. Such cameras are great for still photos but lack many features required for professional video usage. All DSLR video has the compressed look, resulting in less smooth motion & image quality. The only advantage is the low cost compared to dedicated video cameras, therefore all low-end services are now using such cameras. They are far too risky for Event Videography due to jerky zooming, awkward focusing, unstable motion, out of control audio, short record times (20-30 min.) and sensors that over-heat causing unexpected shut downs. They also require various add-ons & stabilizers for even basic usage. Such cameras should not be used as primary cameras and often require a costly team of cameramen in order to get an event shot properly. One cameraman using a DSLR camera cannot do an acceptable event production, a team is required.
Blu-ray discs are the world's standard for home playback of Hi-Definition videos. They look exactly like DVDs but their data capacity is far greater. Blu-ray discs cannot play on standard DVD players. Don't have a Blu-ray player?...we can place the same HD footage unto a USB drive.
USB drive is a small data storage device also known as "flash drive, USB key, thumb drive, USB stick". HD video can be stored on USB drives & played and copied onto computers and connected to USB ports on newer HD TVs & Blu-ray players.
4K, 8K & Ultra HD these Hi-Def standards are used by major motion-picture producers for the purpose of projecting high quality images on giant theater screens. Home type HD is considered as 2K (close to 2,000 lines of horizontal resolution), 4K is approx. 4,000 lines of horizontal resolution and 8K is approx. 8,000 lines of horizontal resolution. Presently there's next to no content available in these formats although 4K type TVs are available. Viewing 4K or 8K,
when content becomes available, on standard sized home TVs results in no visual improvement over today's 2K HD. An unusually large screen size will be required to see any visual improvement. Although these formats are far from becoming mainstream, in 2016 many new low cost 4K cameras became available & some in our trade now use such cameras. Those who offer 4K shooting downscale the 4K footage to 2K HD for home viewing. This process degrades the image quality therefore we can assure you that our visual images will still be the best in the trade.

How can we view genuine HD at home? Is a Blu-ray Player required? Can HD video be viewed on a USB drive?
To view our HD video productions on discs you’ll need a Blu-ray disc player and an up-to-date HD type TV. Many clients do not own & prefer not to purchase Blu-ray players, some clients prefer to play their video on computers only or transmit computer content to their TVs. The same HD video is also available on small high capacity USB drives, playable & copy-able on all up-to-date computers & many new HD TVs.  Blu-ray players can also play older standard DVD discs and slightly improve their visual quality.

Will you shoot future videos in high definition?
Josh has been shooting all events in widescreen HD exclusively since 2008. 
The latest camera is a hi-tech TV camera and is by far the best camera used in our trade anywhere in North America! It records unto large capacity memory cards instead of tapes or discs. There are countless advantages to this new camera & solid state (no moving parts) standard. The new $20,000. lens is quite awesome; it is technically way beyond all typical lenses used in our trade. It’s a super wide angle lens that can see a whopping 93 degrees (approx. 50% more than an average lens) at the wide end with no noticeable distortion or curvature! Its 35mm full frame equivalent is 17-215 mm. This zoom lens can make compact venues look spacious and solves many tight situation problems that we face often. The new look will make you feel as if you are not viewing images in a small crowded square box anymore, you’ll be seeing so much more, you’ll feel you are actually there.

How can some competitors charge so low for HD while others charge much more?
Low-cost HD services use lower-end budget type low-cost HD cameras, such cameras produce grainy off-colour images that are not true HD and similar to cellphone cameras. At the editing stage low-cost services rush thru the editing process and further compress the final project to fit unto lower cost & lower capacity discs. Final image quality does not compare at all with our HD images.

Can we get both DVDs and Blu-ray Hi-Def discs?
 It is possible to supply both Blu-ray discs & standard DVDs, but purchasing a new Blu-ray disc player will cost less!


Will our grandparents’ wrinkles show excessively in High Definition?
No because we will zoom in less tightly to avoid any unpleasant images.

Will our present standard DVDs be obsolete soon?
Standard DVDs are already obsolete, Blu-ray Hi-Def discs are now dominant, but standard DVD players and blank recordable discs will be available for many years. The new Blu-ray Hi-Def disc players will play standard DVDs but standard DVD players will not play Blu-ray Hi-Def type discs.

Will the Blu-ray disc standard be obsolete soon?
The statistics we’ve seen show that Blu-ray is far more popular worldwide compared to standard DVDs. There's been a large decline in rented Blu-ray movies but Blu-ray player sales have dramatically increased as many take advantage of free Blu-ray movie loaners from most libraries. In the future most event videos will be uploaded via the internet directly into clients' computers, but for now uploads & downloads can be costly & time wasteful and there's a visual quality loss. Today’s Blu-ray discs are economical and they have a very long life expectancy so even though changes in technology cannot be avoided there should be no doubt about the longevity of these discs. Many clients do not own & prefer not to purchase Blu-ray players, some clients prefer to play their video on computers only or transmit computer content to their TVs. The same HD video is also available on small high capacity USB drives, playable & copy-able on all up-to-date computers & many new HD TVs.  Blu-ray players will also play older standard DVD discs and slightly improve their visual quality.

How can we convert our present digital video to high definition video?
Standard DVDs cannot be converted to look like Blu-ray Hi-Def discs but playing DVDs using a Blu-ray player will slightly improve visual quality.

Will new Hi-Definition cameras require less lighting or no lighting?
Most HD cameras require extra lighting and look grainy in low light. Josh's latest camera is the most light sensitive professional Hi-Def camera ever & requires no added lighting or just minimal lighting, HD images are full of detail, natural colours, brightness & clarity...graininess is history here.

Be aware...
1.   A few low-end Videographers claim to shoot in HD and offer their productions only on normal DVD discs…normal DVDs cannot play true HD quality and their images will look no better than normal DVDs. Newer “up conversion” type DVD players using an HDMI cable will slightly improve visual quality of standard DVDs but they cannot convert normal DVDs to look like Hi-Def discs.
2.   Amateur Videographers offer cheap Hi-Def video services by renting small home-type cameras and outsourcing (especially to Asia or eastern Europe) amateur editing & Blu-ray disc production. This is surely not the route to take and will result in thrown-out money.
3.   The image quality from ALL smaller low cost video cameras now used by all lower-end services is not considered full Hi-Def. If you choose to go with Hi-Def you'll be much further ahead if the recording is done with an up-to-date full size TV camera instead of throwing money out using a budget type camera. We often see what others produce since we have a disc duplicating service, many price-sensitive clients unknowingly end up with grainy & un-sharp videos falsely sold as "full HD Blu-ray".


Buying a new TV?
General facts & advice
-  Shop at and buy from stores that have liberal return policies but check the packaging to make sure you are not buying a returned lemon. Open your own packaging carefully so a possible return will be hassle free.
-  Large TV retailers have impressive displays, high end wiring & great video demos, the TV you buy will not perform as well in your home unless all the conditions are the same. Your home wiring makes a big difference in final image quality. Disc player to TV wiring should be the HDMI type, avoid using RCA type wiring.
-  Try an internet search for the model that interests you, the information will be very useful.
-  Purchase only 1080P TVs, commonly referred to as “full HDTV”.  4K type TVs are fine but there's hardly any 4K video to view!
-  Most new TVs can handle the latest Hi-Def standards but you will not be able to see true high definition broadcast TV at home without a High Definition subscription (Rogers/Bell) or a Blu-ray disc player or an HD USB.
-  Consider screen size carefully, bigger is not always better. Average now is 50"-60" diagonal. Choose a size that’s suitable for the viewing room & seating distance. Smaller sized screens are sharper, larger sized screens show more flaws & artifacts. The minimum viewing distance for a standard size home TV should be about 10 feet. The viewing room should be partially dimmed for better image reproduction.
-  Most new TVs have menus which give viewers infinite control to customize the images viewed. Get to know these controls well if image quality is important but keep in mind that the most natural looking picture can be achieved simply by keeping all controls at mid-level.

LCD flat panel TV’s
LCD TV images are extra bright, colourful, clean and have great contrast. They look good even in brightly lit viewing rooms. Although LCD TV’s can produce great images especially of stills & graphics, they all have one common technological flaw: they do not handle fast motion well. This is known as “response time”, images with motion will looks fuzzy with a ghosting effect. The latest more costly and higher tech LCD TV’s (the 120hz or 240hz type) have managed to reduce this effect to an acceptable level, all lower-end LCD TV’s tend to have a slower response time resulting in poor fast moving images. The response time should be less than 3ms.
Plasma flat panel TV’s
Plasma TV’s have a fast response time eliminating the ghosting effect during fast motion; great for watching hockey games. Their colour is more natural but many like the cleaner & sharper look of LCD & LED TV’s. Plasma TV’s consume much more electricity than LCD & LED TV’s., they are being phased out and now have a very small market share.
LED TV's
Lower power consumption, thinner display, less costly parts to replace when service is required. Picture quality is similar to LCD.
OLED & AMOLED TV's
The best picture quality, best colour, very low power consumption, very thin display & no ghosting problem. They're costly for now but pricing will be dropping. Josh uses an OLED monitor for all critical tripod camerawork.


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