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post #61 of 111
woohoo!
post #62 of 111
I never knew Monica had freckles on her shoulders you could read Blockbuster Video on the VHS tapes in Chandler & Joey's apartment... looking good from both Dish & Directv.
post #63 of 111
TBS still running old SD feeds of Friends.
post #64 of 111
Bummer. That probably means TBS is stuck with stretched SD until 2013.
post #65 of 111
Now one can only hope for Scrubs to be remastered in HD. It was also shot in widescreen, although in Super16, not in 35mm.

Could someone in the know clarify it to me once and for all: has Friends been shot in 24fps or 30fps? I know that 24fps is pretty much the standard for most "non-reality" shows, but I've read on www.hometheaterhifi.com that Friends had been shot in 30fps, progressive.
post #66 of 111
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Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

Now one can only hope for Scrubs to be remastered in HD. It was also shot in widescreen, although in Super16, not in 35mm.

Scrubs was NOT shot in widescreen until it went HD.

They did a test episode at one point, and hated the framing at the time.
post #67 of 111
Just catching some episodes on Nickelodeon. Noticed it was 16:9 and it looks great.

I'm 39 so I watched every episode on the night they aired, and haven't watched since. Now that they are HD, I'm headed back to visit my old friends.

Just hope there aren't a lot of zooms and strange crops.
post #68 of 111
the transfers i've seen so far are gorgeous. sad that TBS wont be picking these up
post #69 of 111
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Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

Could someone in the know clarify it to me once and for all: has Friends been shot in 24fps or 30fps? I know that 24fps is pretty much the standard for most "non-reality" shows, but I've read on www.hometheaterhifi.com that Friends had been shot in 30fps, progressive.

I'm 100% positive its 24p.
post #70 of 111
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/78774

This has reminded me just how dreadful American HDTV broadcasting standards are. So jealous of Europe's H.264... MPEG2 is just... bleck. And we're going to be stuck with this crappy codec for another decade it seems since every company is too cheap to upgrade their equipment.

I think I'll be sticking with the Euro-TNT recordings for the first three seasons.
post #71 of 111
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Originally Posted by scorpiontail60 View Post

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/78774

This has reminded me just how dreadful American HDTV broadcasting standards are. So jealous of Europe's H.264... MPEG2 is just... bleck. And we're going to be stuck with this crappy codec for another decade it seems since every company is too cheap to upgrade their equipment.

I think I'll be sticking with the Euro-TNT recordings for the first three seasons.

That screenshot is a subtle but noticeable difference. Hopefully now that the HD remasters are airing on Nick at Nite a blu-ray release is not to far off. I probably wont buy it but it will be available soon.
post #72 of 111
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Originally Posted by scorpiontail60 View Post

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/78774

This has reminded me just how dreadful American HDTV broadcasting standards are. So jealous of Europe's H.264... MPEG2 is just... bleck. And we're going to be stuck with this crappy codec for another decade it seems since every company is too cheap to upgrade their equipment.

Come on. You know if American broadcasters were using H.264 they'd still drop the bit rate down to total blurriness. The problem isn't the codec they're using.
post #73 of 111
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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post
Scrubs was NOT shot in widescreen until it went HD.
You could spend 30 seconds searching the Web before using caps with such an aplomb.
post #74 of 111
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post
Come on. You know if American broadcasters were using H.264 they'd still drop the bit rate down to total blurriness. The problem isn't the codec they're using.
That TNT screenshot is actually from a 4 Mbps 720p H.264 re-encode from the original H.264 broadcast source.

The Nickelodeon screenshot is from the raw, untouched 16 Mbps MPEG-2 transport stream.

Nick's encoders must be god-awful to manage to look worse than something with a quarter of the bitrate. I bet if you uploaded the TNT source to YouTube YouTube's re-encoded HD versions would look better than the Nick broadcast.
post #75 of 111
Looks like the tops are cropped slightly and the bottoms cropped a little bit more, while the sides have been opened up.
post #76 of 111
Some of these episodes definitely are PAL sourced sped up audio telltale signs
post #77 of 111
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Originally Posted by tigerfan33 View Post

Yep. In Hd on Nick@Nite Hd.

So help me out here please. I have DirecTV. Is Nick @ night HD a separate channel from Nick HD? Just wondering if I have this channel or not ...
post #78 of 111
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Originally Posted by Don S View Post

So help me out here please. I have DirecTV. Is Nick @ night HD a separate channel from Nick HD? Just wondering if I have this channel or not ...

Go to menu, favorites then Channels I Get (if asked go for all HD) and check out channel 299, you should see both versions, go back to edit settings for favorites and add to your favorite channel.
post #79 of 111
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

Go to menu, favorites then Channels I Get (if asked go for all HD) and check out channel 299, you should see both versions, go back to edit settings for favorites and add to your favorite channel.

Thanks. Channel 299 is listed as Nick E HD, though the channel description mentions both Nick and Nick@Night. It is not listed twice. Friends is on Ch 299 at 10:00 pm tonight(though not listed with the "HD" moniker in the guide). I'll just DVR it and see I guess. Thanks much though.
post #80 of 111
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Originally Posted by rosscan View Post

Some of these episodes definitely are PAL sourced sped up audio telltale signs

huh?
post #81 of 111
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Originally Posted by Don S View Post

Thanks. Channel 299 is listed as Nick E HD, though the channel description mentions both Nick and Nick@Night. It is not listed twice. Friends is on Ch 299 at 10:00 pm tonight(though not listed with the "HD" moniker in the guide). I'll just DVR it and see I guess. Thanks much though.

Your Welcome, Thats it.
post #82 of 111
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Originally Posted by rosscan View Post

Some of these episodes definitely are PAL sourced sped up audio telltale signs

I have noticed higher pitched audio in several instances as well. I believe this was also noted on the DVD releases.
post #83 of 111
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post
I have noticed higher pitched audio in several instances as well. I believe this was also noted on the DVD releases.
I have watched the DVDs numerous times and these are even worse. Right now the series finale is on and the speed is ridiculous!
post #84 of 111
Is Nickelodeon airing all of these in HD or just certain episodes?
post #85 of 111
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Originally Posted by Doctor View Post

Is Nickelodeon airing all of these in HD or just certain episodes?

They are airing the entire series in HD.
post #86 of 111
Just caught a few episodes on Nickelodian. Holy Crap. The HD quality is stunning and looks better then a lot of new HD shows on right now. This is an awesome transfer, well done.
post #87 of 111
i record 10 eps on rotation to watch while I go to sleep. Love the HD transfers

Now if they'd release them uncut like the original DVD's, but on Bluray - I'd buy those in a second.
post #88 of 111
Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere, but I saw a promo feed last night from WB announcing that the broadcast syndication of Friends is going HD on March 5th.
post #89 of 111
that's nice. Nickelodeon has been doing it for a long time in the US already.
post #90 of 111
I just saw two episodes of 16x9 Friends on my local MyTV affiliate WHVL-LD, albeit in letter-boxed 16x9 likely due to station limitations. It was still really neat to see though.
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