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Looking To a Hi-Def Future?

Maybe this'll help... By Douglas Spotted Eagle

1080p monitors are hitting the market like a spring tornado in Kansas; videographers and editors must now consider the display on which their clients and viewers will be watching finished video productions. Although there are a number of plasma, rear projection, and LCD monitors in the consumer market already, fewer than 15% of the public have made a purchase of hi-def displays, if market reports are accurate. Prices of 1080 monitors are dropping from the $20,000.00 range to the $4,000.00 retail price range, and it's quite likely the industry will see a glut of consumer purchases this holiday season. Street prices of course, will be even lower. And given the market proclivity for DVD's, HD-gaming, and the advent of Blu-Ray, there is a very good likelihood that those purchases will be 1080-capable monitors. There are those that will argue that 720 is the affordable standard, and there are those that will argue with equal passion that the consumer will be acquiring their displays in the near future, when the majority of displays will be 1080-capable. Additionally, the 1080 side of the argument will submit that 720 was an intermediate format, as opposed to a visually better, higher quality format available today. 1080 proponents will argue that we've surpassed the need for 720p. I don't know that I'd agree with that, but both 1080 and 720p have merit, and we'll look at attributes of both further on.

On the Docket:1080 vs 720
There are two formats that may be used for affordable acquisition of hi-def media. 720p and 1080i at this time. Sony and Grass Valley have introduced 1080p cameras; they are out of the purchase-cost range of the widest group of users, so we'll overlook these models in this article. Considerations in this article are based around "affordable HD" in the form of the various flavors of sub 20,000.00 camcorders that are becoming very popular in this year. The ATSC (Advanced Television Standards Committee) has designated 1080i, 1080p30, and 720p30 as the  formats for HD broadcast, yet it's likely that delivered media in the form of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray will follow the path of 1080p as opposed to any interlaced format, to maintain the higher quality of 1080 lines of resolution.
Interlaced display is dead; the grave has been excavated, the casket laid out, and all that is left to do is close the lid and bury it.  Long live the new display technology! But how does this relate to acquisition?


Interlaced display is dead; the grave has been excavated, the casket laid out, and all that is left to do is close the lid and bury it. Long live the new display technology! But how does this relate to acquisition?
JVC and Panasonic's camcorder divisions may be gambling on the consumer market not purchasing 1080 displays, while Sony is obviously placing their bets on the original 1080 standard as submitted by the Grand Alliance. (interestingly enough, Sony was not part of the Grand Alliance)
Until recently, the odds were stacked in favor of the 720p format, simply by nature of sheer numbers of installed displays. However, the market is now being flooded with 1080 displays, which can display either 1080p or 720p, so the higher resolution displays meet the requirements of all users. The cost of a 1080 display is now approximately the same or lower than the cost of most 720 displays. This puts the chips back on the side of Sony's gamble, so it's a race to the consumer at this point, as far as the display side is concerned. However, back to the JVC/Panasonic side of the debate, if the display is smaller than 50 inches, it's quite possible that the scaling of a smaller image won't be as noticeable to all consumers. 

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