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on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:37:57 pm
Mike, one reason why 120+ looks so good for 3D is that in many cases, you're looking at two 60i streams. To show them as a typical 60i frame, you'd have to drop half the res.
Part of the problem with 120 on your TV is that it's temporally upsampling, which is suboptimal to say the least. And as you note, it feels quite a bit different than the TV you're used to watching. Combining 120 with regular ol' Blu-ray is indeed kind of eerie. It works better for some things than others.
I'm not yet sure about 2D sports at 120. I haven't seen any yet. ESPN 3D is two half-res 720p streams and looks good, and BD is off the hook to my eyes. The TV autosenses this stuff, though, so the Super Bowl came through as expected.
My experience with home theater installation in the early 90s, though, was that people who watch a lot of movies really liked line doublers, and sports fans HATED them. The interlacing was integral to their visual experience. Of course, the kids in those rooms are the ones buying these TVs now, and I have no idea what they think is normal - for TV or anything else.
And stay off my lawn!!!
But I'll note that Cameron's commitment for Avatars deux and three is to get theaters to install higher framerate projectors - at least 48, and hopefully 60. I assume that most of the ones already in place can handle this - that's been my (limited) experience so far - but he's of the opinion that we've pretty well maxed out pixels. The next horizon in resolution is temporal.
Worth noting: Avatar was shot 1920x1080 - yep, good ol' HD. Looked pretty good to me. And watching it at home at 120 Hz, I don't see how anyone could fail to agree that frame rate is going to be more important than pixels from here.
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