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post #1 of 5 Old 07-28-2019, 11:19 PM - Thread Starter
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old movies to HD and remastered

If you look at old TV shows of "The Simpsons" aired back in 1990's << or even movies like Ben-Hur, in SD on FTA or any movie before HD came to be,, how exactly can these be better today in 16:9? As i always thought you cannot add pixels to something that isn't there in the first place.


This suggests that firm has a much higher "resolution", so if i went in this theory, they actually solved this problem back in the old days ?


Seriously? I don't get it.


Or is it just a simple stance of "a million pixels on film, but it's just the TV's at the time could only display so much" which would make it all allot easier to understand.
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Yes - 35mm film had a far higher resolution than was required for SD TV broadcast. If the original film elements survive, they can be retransferred to HD or even UHD and deliver a much higher quality result. 16mm and Super16 are lower resolution, but that too can often deliver HD results.

This is why movies and TV shows shot on film decades before HDTV arrived can be remastered and broadcast with full HD resolution.

The key requirement is that the film elements survive. Some 80s TV series were shot on film, but the film elements were transferred to SD NTSC or 525/59.94i component video tape for editing (Dallas did this for later series, whilst earlier series were edited in the film domain). SD video edit masters are not suitable sources for remastering in HD, and if the film elements no longer survive, remastering only offers small improvements (due to compression improvements) Shows shot natively in SD video similarly can't be remastered in full HD quality.
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That is why SPACE1999 looks so good on the BD's.

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METV has been running just that for over a year now with TV series from 60's & 70's. Massive improvement.

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Recording free OTA TV for 'time shifting' has been here since 1975. Will there be DVR's to do the same when ATSC3 obsoletes existing DVR's??
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METV has been running just that for over a year now with TV series from 60's & 70's. Massive improvement.

I totally agree with that statement. Truly impressive picture, all things considered.
Watching "in the heat of the night" series right now, looks amazing.
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