When to use progressive.

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mr. Wetback, Aug 14, 2003.

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    Mr. Wetback Guest

    I was wondering when it is the right situation to use the progressive
    setting on a camera. My understanding is that progressive makes the image
    look more like film, but I wonder if it is acceptable to use progressive if
    your piece is intended to be aired on TV. In other words, is progressive
    only conceived for video footage that is intended to be transfered to film,
    or is it just a means of making your video images look more like film?

    Sorry if my question sounds stupid, I'm very unfamiliar with video.
    Mr. Wetback, Aug 14, 2003
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    Larry Jandro Guest

    I've never seen a case where the simple use of progressive scan makes
    video "look like film."

    If you're shooting for normal release, you're probably better off
    staying with interlaced video.

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    Seattle Eric Guest

    While ONLY the use of progressive will not make your footage look
    like film, IMO it's the first step towards that goal.
    Seattle Eric, Aug 14, 2003
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    Johan Stäck Guest

    IMO, the reason to record progressive is that the target equipment (the
    equipment that will be used to show the footage) is
    If the video will be shown on computer monitors, that's progressive
    The same goes if the video is transferred to film. ( A classical projector
    is as non-interlaced as you can get...)

    However this problem area seems to trigger animated discussions, and you
    will probably get many opinions, not necessarily pointing in the same

    Interlace is a technology that came from the early design of broadcast
    The limitations (bandwidth etc) that lead to interlace are long gone, but
    interlace remains....

    Johan Stäck, Aug 15, 2003
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    Geoff Guest

    Geoff, Aug 15, 2003
  6. So should one use progressive if one intends to broadcast the material
    interlaced? Would progressive be used in that case to make the material look
    more like film?
    Fernando Fernandez, Aug 15, 2003
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    Johan Stäck Guest

    No, if you intend to show on interlaced equipment (e.g. houshold TV sets),
    shoot interlaced.
    If the target equipment is progressive ( e.g. computer screens or film) then
    consider shooting progressive.
    The question of "looking like film" is much more complicated than just
    interlace vs progressive, and I don't feel that I know enough about it to
    But certainly, film is non-interlaced.

    Johan Stäck, Aug 15, 2003
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