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ntscuser
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Posted by: @wayned

I'm starting to see an interest in old TVs for retro gaming as the old games consoles look dreadful on an LCD.

Is that not also true for older TV shows?


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Topic starter Posted : 24/11/2021 6:49 am
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WayneD
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@ntscuser I suppose it depends on the source material. Old shows from BBC iPlayer and BBC Four etc look ok, but VHS rips on YouTube look dreadful. Don't get me started on analogue video being "upscaled"!

I will say DVDs being upscaled via a Blu-Ray player can look very nice, but again it depends on the source material. Film always seems to look good. 

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Posted : 24/11/2021 1:34 pm
Cathovisor
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Posted by: @wayned

Don't get me started on analogue video being "upscaled"!

You can convert SD to HD and it can look remarkably good - but it'll be done in converters costing a few thousand quid. You'd be surprised how many shows I worked on that had SD content converted to HD... and no-one noticed.

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Posted : 24/11/2021 2:44 pm
Cathovisor
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Posted by: @wayned

I'm starting to see an interest in old TVs for retro gaming as the old games consoles look dreadful on an LCD.

Some of that is due to some consoles relying on the display being scanned - especially where a light gun was involved.

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Posted : 24/11/2021 2:46 pm
Sundog
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CRTs are very forgiving of poor source material. Point a video camera at a CRT display and you instantly have a noise reducer, jitter remover, interpolator, scaler, and/or standards convertor.

Yes there is information loss but more nasty stuff than good stuff gets lost.

 

I think this thread has drifted off-topic. I'm unsure what is possible with this forum software but with some it's possible for a moderator to split off to a new thread.


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Posted : 24/11/2021 8:44 pm