. Standard Definition vs. High Definition .

High Defintion (HD) video is the next generation broadcast video standard in North America and many parts of the world. As the price of HDTV keeps dropping, traditional CRT tube TVs are disappearing in everybody's living room. Viewing Standard Definition (SD) video on HDTV enhances the viewing experience. However, people are stunned by the image clarity and quality when watching true HD broadcast on HDTV.

Click below to see the difference of SD and HD broadcast

For digital video distribution method, regular DVD only delivers SD video in resolution of 720x480 interlaced frame (480i). HD videos can be in either 1280x720 progressive frame (720p), 1920x1080 interlaced frame (1080i) or 1920x1080 progressive frame (1080p). As 1080p is very new to the market most HDTV and Hollywood movies are not compatible in this mode.

Because of the high density of image frame size, HD video cannot be fit into a regular DVD disc. Distribute HD video content can be through HD DVD or BluRay Disc (BD).

Click below to see the difference of video captured using SD camcorder and HD camcorder, both resize to the same frame size.

Here's two MPEG videos that you can see the difference yourself. They are both huge file. Please right click and choose "Save target as" to download the video first before viewing.

  Frame Resolution Data Rate File Size  
SD MPEG Video 720 x 480 6-8 mbps 15.4 MB Download
HD MPEG Video 1920 x 1080 25-30 mbps 106.5 MB Download

In LA Color, our high definition video is shoot in 1080p and distributed with BluRay Disc.


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