Originally Posted by mx6bfast
Noticed this morning that WHBQ news has gone HD. Finally!
Apparently they went HD at the 5 pm news, but I missed those.
The studio cameras, graphics and weather maps are all HD. The news footage shot in the field, as well as live shots, are shot in 16:9 SD and then upconverted. The field cameras are capable of HD (that's what we used for the HD Christmas concert), but HD takes up too much storage space in the memory cards to use with DV100 compression. Once we upgrade the field cameras to use MPEG-4, we should be able to do HD in the field.
It's still a work-in-progress, so you may see some funky aspect ratio conversions by accident, but we intend to keep everything 16:9 unless it would require distorting the video, then we use side panels.
If we tried to cheat and stretch a native 4:3 image to fit 16:9, and someone watches it in SD using a 16:9 display (that's what I do at home when I'm too lazy to change from SD DirecTV to OTA HD), and the display is set to stretch the 4:3 to fill the 16:9 width, you end up with a double stretch that looks like crap. We won't do that (at least on purpose!).
We should be adding more HD bells and whistles at we go along. Maybe 5.1 audio one of these days!
The big push now is to get the DTV transmitter on the top antenna. That should solve a lot of reception problems (including mine at home). I hope to have it on the air sometime on Friday.
By the way, the antenna elements for Channel 5 need to be at least 3 feet long. For channel 13, they need to be 14 inches.