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Standard-definition & Hi-definition film capture of 16mm film (1) (Updated a year ago)

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This and the next SD-HD comparison really ought to vanquish the notion that SD transfers are in any way superior to HD.  The increased clarity of detail is exceptional.  A near-plastic Eastwood forehead in SD reveals its oncoming wrinkles in HD, et al.  Of course, poorly rendered H.264 output can reduce the finest detail to mush, but does anyone seriously argue that greater resolution in transfers is not a wonderful thing? 

Great side by side example. There were times when I felt like the SD was preferable due to the hues. It seemed more authentic 70s. The HD version comes off as cold. 

I am bookmarking this to share with students in my summer film classes

Monaco's Quadra is a machine made by the company now known as DFT, not Rank Cintel. The Quadra was the last of DFT's standard definition telecines. They now produce the Spirit and the Scanity. While the hi def transfer has more resolution, the Quadra footage holds up quite well in a full screen comparison.

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