May 24, 2015 at 2:12AM


How can 1080p look so good in a theater?

Excuse the simplistic title but I found out recently that many feature films are distributed in 1080p resolution, for example, I found out that Whiplash (2014) was distributed in this format yet it looked just fine in the theater, I was even further shocked to discover that it wasn't even captured originally in ArriRaw! Another example was Avatar (2009) which I watched in IMAX, despite it being filmed on the Sony CineAlta Cameras which shoot in 1080p, the image which I saw on the IMAX screen was flawless! So are our eyes just not smart enough to tell the difference between 1080p and 4K etc. then?

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The key to having detail in a 1080p images is recording in a codec that doesn't lose all your detail such as prores. Whereas H.264 loses more detail do to the compression.

Resolution isn't the key to an image looking good on the big screen is cinematography, lighting and colour grading.


May 25, 2015 at 12:48PM

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