Originally Posted by HogPilot
For the millionth time, HD content shot on digital HD video cameras is meant to be no more "clear" or "real" than content shot on film. It's not the medium on which something is captured that delivers what some here consider a "realistic look" - it's the way it's shot and the choices made by the director and mastering staff.
Contrary what some people here have said - and I assure you that it's not based in fact, just misguided personal opinion - original capture medium and display technology used in the home have no correlation or relation to one another. A good display will properly reproduce whatever is fed to it whether that material originated on film, digital video, or CGI; a poor display will impose its own look on material.
You are 100% wrong about that. Film material is captured at 24fps and when displayed on a TV is reduced in resolution, interlaced, and telecined to 60Hz. Telecining adds an unreality to the movement on screen. It no longer looks like film, it looks like film looks on TV.
Video tape, whether captured at 480i60 or 720p60, matches the broadcast and display frame rates of 60Hz televisions. The clarity and natural movement that results is reffered to here in AVS Forum as SOE which stands for "Soap Opera Effect" - because this "look" is associated with those daytime dramas which were indeed most often shot on tape not film.
A 120Hz or 240Hz HDTV is capable of syncing up and displaying 24Hz or 30Hz or 60Hz source material with natural movement, marred only by the jerkiness of a too-slow frame rate. Add MCFI to this mix, synthesizing intermediate frames, and the motion turns silky-smooth. So you end up with a very different, ultra-realistic image. It offers you no stylistic clues that you associate with film media. Some people don't like the way it looks, which is a matter of pure preference. But the effect is real and limited to 120Hz and 240Hz LCDs, because plasma displays simply do not offer display refresh rates fast enough to benefit from MFCI, or to sync up with all the varying frame rates in use.