Regarding PQ, here's an extract from a recently posted 'production-insider' article:
Tellefsen says that CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Miami" are being finished in HD SR and that ABC's "What About Brian" was shot with Panavision's Genesis camera and switched to HD SR in post.
HD SR refers to Sony's newer, higher-PQ HDCAM-SR tape machines, which CBS requires for final delivered tapes. That doesn't indicate what production hardware preceded HD SR, though, as noted in this follow-on post
. Perhaps someone has the specifics. How much PQ can vary on home screens with newer production hardware, when everything must be compressed to <17 Mbps (ATSC video payload) anyway seems to be a fine point. (CBS' earlier required-delivery HD D5 tapes typically compress to ~270 Mbps, while the HDCAM-SRs are ~400 Mbps; portable SW1s have a 800-Mbps mode.) -- John