Is the low quality setting adequate for animation ? The next 2 weeks will bring the premieres for The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, Justice League, Samurai Jack, etc. - and if possible I'd like to ration these at LQ. I record most things at HQ.
i record the simpsons reruns in extended/LQ...you get a fair amount of pixilation since the camera tends to whip around...but it's not too bad...but having said that i always record the new simpsons & futuramas in medium
I find "Standard" or "Extended" quality unacceptable for animation. Although animation (of the Simpsons variety) contains large areas of continuous color, it also contains VERY sharp edges, which require a lot of bandwidth to encode properly. You'll get pixellated macroblocking on edges with Standard.
The large areas of continuous color also make pixellation more obvious.
I must have a really bad TV, because I haven't used anything but Extended for all my recordings so far. I always used the EP mode on my vcr too... maybe after I hack the box past 30 hours I'll change my tune.
I agree with Mike. The only thing I can stand to have on extended play is talking heads, and to my eye (probably for the reasons Mike indicated) animation looks pretty horrible on extended. I find the mosquito noise of extended pretty hard to swallow.
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