HD is a technology that is tripping all over itself and in the process, ripping the soul out of the art of film making. It is becoming a world where the only thing that matters to people is 'clarity' of the picture... how clear the picture is, how 'sharp' every single tiny little aspect of the picture is at all times, and where people are losing care for the art aspect and the actual content contained within and how well the material is crafted. I see people talking all over the internet about how they feel that the more clear every single thing is on a tv at all times, the more 'lifelike' and 'real' everything looks, which is a misconception. This misconception has become so overblown that manufacturers of tvs are now adding more and more technology to their tvs that hinder and completely destroy the original vision of the art of whatever is shown on them. Sure, things in real life are 'clear' and sharp to people with 20/20 vision or with the proper eyeglass prescription or contacts etc... BUT not EVERY thing at all times in real life is one zillion percent clear and in super ultra focus at all times under every single perceivable circumstance. I will attempt to explain what I mean by that...
In attempting to explain, I will start off with The 'soap opera look' that you see on all the tvs on display at the stores nowadays. Some people try to defend as being really lifelike because of how clear every aspect of everything on the screen is at all times but in actuality is VERY unnatural, extremely FAKE and so UN-lifelike that it just feels creepy. They put this technology on tvs because they figure that people care first and foremost about clarity and sharpness right along with 'brightness and vivid colors' of the picture over everything else. In other words 'more HD'. They have even added a feature that blocks out and gets rid of all the macro in all movies, new or old. It's sometimes called 'macro-blocking'. Macro photography in movies is when the background is blurred out when it is meant for you to be focusing your attention on a certain character or object on the screen. In movies you may have noticed in a lot of scenes that he person's face in the foreground is in complete focus while the background is slightly or maybe even completely out of focus and then suddenly it reverses and the persons face suddenly goes out of focus while the background suddenly comes to complete focus revealing whatever is in the distance. This is one example of a macro shot. Macro photography in movies isn't there just to 'look fancy' or 'artsy fartsy' it is actually there for a very logical reason, a very sound, very important reason. It's there because this is how we see in real life. For example: just take an object and hold it in your hand a foot or two from your face and look at it until it is in focus... focus on it... keep looking at it.... Do you notice how while you are focusing on the object in your hand that the background is not is focus and is and not all sharp in detail? ... OK now, after focusing on the object in your hand, now try to make the background focus so it is sharp in detail. When you do that, you will notice how the object in your hand is now all out of focus and all blurry. This is macro, this is how we see in real life. This is why macro photography is so essential in a movie and one of the reasons why movies feel so natural, and the macro blocking 'soap opera effect' that you see on tvs on display at stores seem 'off' or 'weird'. It's because they digitally remove all macro from all movies, new or old... thus destroying the art of every movie ever made.
Here is another reason the 'soap opera effect' on the new tvs feels unnatural and off. Call it by any name you want, 'Motion flow' 'true motion' 'clear movements' sharp fluid motion... whatever you call it, and even if you think to yourself that 'hey, this must be more life like because it's so clear and sharp', but you will probably feel in your bones that it seems cheap and weird and 'off', and that is because it is again, in actuality extremely un-natural and and creepily un-lifelike. Reason why: They are making the tvs remove natural motion movements and making them artificial with sharp edges to everything at all times no matter how fast is is moving on the screen. Again, for those people who claim the sharper everything is on a tv at all times in all situations is more 'lifelike' they couldn't be more wrong. In real life we don't see fast motion in complete focus with sharp edges around things as they move fast in front of us... in real life, fast motion appears out of focus. Just wave your hand in front of your face, or pick up an object and wave it back and forth fast in front of you... do you see sharp edges on the object frame by frame while it is moving fast back and forth? I think not. This is why 'motion flow' or sharp edges on fast moving objects seems off or even creepy. It is something you feel in your bones... it is creepy and extremely un-natural and extremely artificial.
I was in the store the other day and they were playing the original 1984 movie The Karate Kid on all the tvs, and all of the tvs had the 'macro blocking' and 'motion flow' thing going on. Different brands call it by different names but it is all the same thing... it blocks and remove all macro from all images that have any kind of macro photography and make movements seem very un-natural by what they call 'fixing' the natural blur of fast moving motion by artificially and synthetically reconditioning the image so that all objects that move fast are in super extreme focus with really sharp defining edges to them at every frame throughout the motions. It was at the end of the movie where The Karate kid was at the tournament fighting. The way the movie was filmed, it is supposed to have the fighters in the foreground in focus while the crown in the bleachers in the background are slightly out of focus as it would be in real life if you were there watching the fight... if you were watching the fight, the crowd on the other side of the fighters would be out of focus because you are focusing on the fighters. Well, the macro on all the tvs was blocked out and removed so that EVERYTHING on the screen at all times was in complete un-natural focus..the fighters AND the background at the same time... not only that but when they were fighting, all of the movements had no kind of natural blur like you would get in real life. It looked fake as fake could be....
A lot of people say it makes expensive movies look like they were shot on a cheap camcorder, and one of the reasons for that is that cheap camcorders don't have very good macro photography capabilities if any at all. When you shoot something on a cheap camcorder everything is in focus, the foreground and the background, and there is no real way of doing proper macro photography with them. On more expensive 24p cameras and with the proper lenses you can do macro photography... the more expensive the lens you have for your higher end cameras the better the macro photography that can be produced.
When it comes to HD, I think as a society we need to chill out. The tv manufacturers only hear people screaming about how sharp the picture is, how bright the picture is, how vivid the colors are, how smooth the picture moves... so they figure that those are the things that matter the most to people so they sacrifice all other aspects. By only caring how sharp and how 'clear' how 'HD' everything is at all times while watching movies and even some of the movie like newer tv shows, you are denying yourself the privilege of being able to see things presented to you the they way they were meant to be seen when they were created. And once they take it away that option, and it's gone, it may be gone for good and lost forever... If we don't fight for it, we may no longer ever have that privilege again.
You may be able to turn off the 'motion flow' or the macro blocking features on some tvs now, but if the manufacturers keep hearing people screaming for more clarity, more pixels, more sharp images, more HD, then I'm betting they are going to start thinking that we are all fine with the macro blocking 'motion flow' 'soap opera look' to everything, and that all we as consumers care about is more "HD' and before too long they will keep pushing higher and higher HD on us until one day you will find that you can't turn off the macro blocking and motion flow on your tvs at all... and everything will look all fakey and artificial from now on...and never again on any format will we be able to see any movie that has ever been made, the way it was meant to be seen...it will soon enough be force fed to us synthetically. Even when you go to the movie theater to watch a movie in the near future, don't be surprised if you start seeing more and more movies that have this fakey type of motion flow and macro blocking 'soap opera effect' thing going on, where even at the movie theaters, things will start looking more and more like cheap HD camcorders filmed everything. In fact, they are starting to test it now in theaters and are going to start pushing for it soon. In theaters they are going to call it HFR...which mean 'high frame rate' or 48p which has the same effect where motion with have no blur, macro will be removed. There is a reason why movies have continued to be shot on 24p since the early days of film... it may have started off for specific logistical reasons, but it has lasted for so long because it is the best frame rate for macro photography and it gives everything a more subtle feel and takes the edge off, and things are not so frantic and synthetic looking. That is another thing that kills the feel of movies... the more HD is being pushed for the higher the frame rate gets pushed for.... all in all... more HD is just going to equal out to being more artificial and more synthetic look to everything. In other words, technology is trying to come out so fast that it is tripping on itself. Imagine, never being able to see any movie that has ever been made in the entire history of movies and film the way it was meant to be seen ever again EVER...
The thought of it makes me very scared and very angry,,, and very depressed,
SUPER HD 2160?? Everything is already too sharp. to the point where people are starting to look almost like animation, and fakey wax figurines... When will 'sharp' be 'sharp' enough? I mean why 2160 HD, why not 29999909089809808708708708740874870 HD MAX???
I say no! but I know it's gonna come regardless and further destroy a whole art form.
This will turn out to be quite the saddest decade in history if we become known as The decade that destroyed and murdered the art of film making.
"The Soap Opera Effect Decade"....YUCK!!!!!!
We need to be careful where we tread... if we don't, there may be no options in the future for us to make our own decisions on how art is presented to us...
it will be force fed to us one way and one way only.... and if you don't like it, you will just have to go completely without anything. There will be no "but I like how
things were before, I don't like this new technology" because there will be no available option for viewing anything 'the way it was before', at home or in the theater....
Whatever the new technology they force feeds us.. it will be "if you don't like it, then go without anything at all."
What a sad world this will be.