Originally Posted by coldmachine
As an aside, current sources are a long way from showing the full potential of today machines. I posted a number of times what some digital dailies looked like on my HT5000.....totally mind blowing.
This gets to the heart of the matter. when people keep raving about wanting 4k, it is just not going to happen. the simple fact is that we can get SO MUCH BETTER out of the content from better and better codecs, and removing of much of the processing.
as well, when our resident barco lunatic goes on about a DCI machine and looking at dailies... the reality is that it SHOULD look better than your everyday 2k.
a few years back i was doing something and we setup a sony G90, with some betacam 1st gen rank transfers. just about anybody who looked at it SWORE it was HD. but it was just good ole NTSC. and that is the reality. if we had gotten access to uncompressed full spectrum content, the race for HD would have been much less hurried. but of course, the storage medium was just not practical.
We have so far to go in how good HD can look. both inthe content and the displays that in ten years from now, looking at some early BD on a current 2k machine will look like NTSC to HD.
One other point that helps illustrate this is that as many have noticed, newer,and better projectors sometimes look worse in the same system. not that the display is lower quality, but that the newer one shows even more how bad the media is. i will not get into specifics on my system as model names would get me barred from the forums, however a while back i had an XGA "business" projector. and it looked great (compared to the TV) and we loved it for movie nights, etc. then we got a nice inexpensive 2k machine. and the reality is that while some content looks spectactular, the reality is that much looks (in some ways) worse. because now we see all the artifacts and such that were previously hidden.
And i suspect that this will go on for a while. in 2-3 years, maybe we will be at that point where it is determined that the BD folks and the broadcasters really need to clean it all up, but in the interim, we will be playing a leapfrog game. and it is a long way to the finish line.