1080p Looks Weird

Some geek talk ahead. Non-technophiles beware…

Has anyone seen a high-end TV displaying 1080p? Last weekend I saw a couple of plasma and lcd TVs that were playing Blu-Ray movies at 1080p, and while the image quality was fantastic, the motion was so smooth it was creeping me out. While I’m certainly no video expert, I’m used to movies looking like movies and TV looking like TV (which in geek talk is 24 fps and 30 fps respectively).

To me, the overall effect of 1080p was a bizarre combination of beautiful movie-like imagery with live “TV News” quality motion. And I didnt like it.

I’m no purest by any step of the imagination, but I don’t need TV manufacturers trying to “improve” my movie watching experience by screwing with my beloved frame rates. It’s just distracting. Hopefully someone can shed some light on this (and/or make me look like a fool) in the comments section. End of rant.

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    I’ve got a slightly used 13 inch black and white TV you might like to purchase.

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    I’ve heard of similar issues, but it’s usually related to the size of the screen and your distance from it, not the 1080p resolution/frame rate.

    Generally speaking, unless you’re looking at an image larger than 40″ your eye can’t actually distinguish between 1080i and 1080p unless you get really close to it.

    I’ve personally had issues running older games at super high framerates…if a game has simple geometry (like, say Quake 1) and I run it at 70 – 90 FPS, I can’t notice the framerate, but it seems too smooth to be believably real. Like they’re static models being moved against a still background or something. It’s tough to describe, but it just seems wrong to me. Most games these days are framerate locked to 30 or 60 fps…sudden or occasional changes in framerate are noticeable even when the rate is higher than the eye can see.

    FYI, 1080p doesn’t change the framerate of the source material. A movie shot at 24/30 fps is still in 24/30 fps when shown in 1080p. It’s just shown progressively as opposed to interlaced.

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    Thanks for the info Jason. I noticed the weird motion both from a distance and up close. I should mention that most of the image looked and moved as I was used to, but when an object moved very fast (like someone’s head turning, or someone’s legs walking) that’s when the motion looked too smooth and strange. I’m guessing, as you say, that I’m used to seeing the interlaced motion so that when I’m looking at progressive footage it looks strange to me. Oh technology, when will you ever learn!

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