Over the last several years, this has been a major buzz term that many videographers in Los Angeles have used. In today's market, offering High Definition has been the norm when selecting a wedding videographer. Unfortunately, when HD was first offered around the mid 2000s, many of these people in the wedding video industry misled customers by using the term HD or High Definition on their website without truly disclosing all of the nuances that go along with such an elaborate term. Why did they throw such a term around in which can be very misleading?
Well, let's face it. Unfortunately, a number of these videographers were just like any salesman. The bottom line is they wanted your business at any cost which should tell you a little something about them and their business.
Manipulating HD Terminology
Back in late 2004 early 2005, one of the first so called High Definition prosumer cameras was the Sony HDR-FX1. When this camera came out, a number of wedding videography companies started to purchase this camera just so they could say they offered HD footage. This was somewhat intriguing because there was one significant problem: How would anyone be able to play the HD footage when there were no players that could play the HD footage? But this is where these videographers had shamelessly taken advantage of many consumers who were not quite knowledgeable to the idea of what HD truly meant.
Wedding Video Resolution
For consumers back then and probably even today, many associated the term HD with better picture quality. It was common to think that just because the picture quality was not good it was due to its resolution. Although the resolution of a video is a major element to determine its quality of picture, it is not the sole determining factor. In fact, just because the resolution is large, it could just mean a large but poor quality picture. How is this possible?
First one must understand what resolution and high definition mean. Resolution simply refers to the number of distinct pixels that can be displayed in each dimension. Let's take for example your desktop. A common setting is for 1024x768. The 1024 refers to the number of pixels that display horizontally across the screen while the 768 is the number of pixels that can be displayed vertically.
Sharper Video But Same Resolution
This leads us back to the resolution of video. You see, currently there really is only several of possible resolutions: There are the standard definition formats of 480 resolution (480 lines) displayed in 4x3 format or fullscreen, there is 480 resolution displayed in 16x9 or widescreen format. There is then HD which can be shown in 720 or the true HD format of 1080. Earlier it was mentioned that it was common to think that the picture quality was due to the resolution of the video. However, if that was the case then why is it we'll see some consumer camcorders that shoot at standard definition of 480 lines show grainy monochrome looking footage, but then there are prosumer cameras that a videographer can use that also only shoot at standard definition (480 lines) but their footage isn't grainy but instead seems more sharp with the colors more vibrant and distinct?