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post #16 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 12:03 AM
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Would you agree that the Africa segment was superior PQ as compared to the Antarctic and Arctic segments?
Some parts were better. Africa was a little better. It was more noticable on any panning and any fur. It just didn't look crisp.
The very end with the penguins. You could see the fur, but it wasn't crystal clear.
I dunno...I was just disappointed.
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post #17 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 12:14 AM
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Next week you have Mountains which should look good in HD.
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Yes, the part with the penguins was noticably poorer than some HD. By chance, yesterday, I watched March of the Penguins on my Oppo player. I'd say the PQ on the dvd was slightly superior.

What I would like to compliment the film makers on is the season changes in the forests. The foliage changes from bare branches to blossoms and from foliage to bare branches all the while the camera is panning left to right.
Top marks for for that.
The elephants frolicking in the water was priceless. (just call me Old Softy)
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What a disappointment. Knowing that it had been filmed/processed in HD, and then seeing it broadcast in quality that wasn't even up to good DVD standards. I couldn't watch the whole thing; I kept thinking of how great this kind of show would be in HD. I will hold off watching this series until someone does broadcast it in HD.
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i experienced the same situation.

i planned to tape it, so i could use it as 'sample footage' when i want to show off HD to people who are still watching analogue...

then it starts and looks brutal, i figured it was just the intro, and the main show would be High Def, but it never came.

now the question is, is that the so called HD that the BBC mastered this in? Or did CBC play it cheap, and didn't bother to get the real HD copy of this series.
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On the info with the program guide it says the year it was made was 1995.
If true, was that not before hi-def stuff?
The picture still looked better than normal CBC for sure.
For people with 6 hd channels it was better than squat.
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hmm maybe, since this is a series, the final ones WILL be in HD, but the old ones are in SD because they weren't created during the same time period
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post #23 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 12:40 PM
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It also discusses scenes "caught on film". Depending on the film, it would not necessarily telecine well to HD. 35mm certainly should, but if shot on 16mm, then it would look just like Corner Gas and DeGrassi, which we know is "not quite" HD. Some material may have been shot on widescreen (480i) cameras.

Just because the final programme is in HD, doesn't mean that all the material that went into it was "HD quality or equivalent". The fact that the segments seem to vary would indicate this to be the case.

I've asked Marc to comment in the Official CBC thread.

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post #24 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 12:41 PM
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These episodes were done in HD, and aired a few months ago on the newly created BBC HD channel.

Did the CBC receive a HD signal or alter it? Would love to know.
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I have to say I was pretty excited to watch this in HD as I'd seen a SD version of it earlier, and I wanted to show off a bit to my parents. Although the HD version of it was definitely better than the SD version that I had before (did a side by side comparison) it was nowhere near as sharp and well done as other HD broadcasts I've seen.

In short, too much macroblocking and fuzziness.
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post #26 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 03:21 PM
 
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I must have been watching a different program. I thought it looked great. No macroblocking or fuzziness that I could see. The great white shark scene was amazing. I have a Hitachi 42HDT52 so maybe it made a difference. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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Maybe I can blame Shaw then, and not the CBC.
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Don't blame Shaw. Didn't look like typical HD here in Cogeco-Land either.
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post #29 of 110 (permalink) Old 2006-08-21, 04:26 PM
 
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Well it did look better than the SD version, just not as good as I've come to expect from HD as seen on PBS etc.
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Definitely not HD. Watched on Bell.
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