1. Spectating's Avatar
    Hi All,

    These questions are for users that record frequent videos with the Playbook.

    When recording videos, which output tends to be the sharper/clearer? I've been watching a few Playbook Sample Youtube videos and noticed the 720p (on 720p settings) seemed sharper than the 1080p (on 1080p) video. I'm looking to begin recording HD videos with the Playbook and this question is really critical for me.

    1. When recording videos, which output tends to be the sharper/clearer? (720p vs 1080p)
    2. Is it even sharper to convert a 1080p video into a 720p video? (I worry the 1080p output file is not as clear when converted into 720p, which is why I wonder if the 720p output is worth a shot)

    Thanks for reading,
    Johnny
    01-04-12 11:07 PM
  2. TheUnknownUser's Avatar
    1080p should be the better quality however you can find plenty of movies/clips that look better in different resolutions depending on the quality of the movies/clips. ive seen plent of shows in 1080p that have very poor quality because the production was done poorly. i hope this helps you out some
    01-04-12 11:27 PM
  3. blackjack93117's Avatar
    Hi All,

    These questions are for users that record frequent videos with the Playbook.

    When recording videos, which output tends to be the sharper/clearer? I've been watching a few Playbook Sample Youtube videos and noticed the 720p (on 720p settings) seemed sharper than the 1080p (on 1080p) video. I'm looking to begin recording HD videos with the Playbook and this question is really critical for me.

    1. When recording videos, which output tends to be the sharper/clearer? (720p vs 1080p)
    2. Is it even sharper to convert a 1080p video into a 720p video? (I worry the 1080p output file is not as clear when converted into 720p, which is why I wonder if the 720p output is worth a shot)

    Thanks for reading,
    Johnny
    1. quality varies from cam to cam - so the sharpness differences you saw were not likely due to resolution but to camera quality - or possibly post processing.

    2. generally any conversion could degrade quality so best to avoid it.

    the native 1080p will always be sharper than native 720p because of the extra vertical resolution - 1080 lines instead of 720 lines.

    also possible is that there is some downscaling to accommodate the playbook display that could affect 1080p more than 720p playback - but you should shoot in 1080p to maintain the max resolution in your native vid - playback scaling - even if done by a monitor, can affect sharpness, but at last you maintain it in your source file.

    the reason to use a lower resolution might be bandwidth issues on playback and smaller files.
    Last edited by blackjack93117; 01-04-12 at 11:49 PM.
    01-04-12 11:45 PM
  4. CanadianThomas's Avatar
    remember, not only resolution is important. Bit rate is also our friend in this.

    I would way rather watch 720p @ 6000 than 1080p at 2000.
    01-05-12 12:24 AM
  5. Spectating's Avatar
    Thank you for your replies!!

    Do you guys also happen to know what bitrate 720p and 1080p output on the Playbook?

    Thanks,
    Johnny
    01-05-12 01:12 PM
  6. The_Kills's Avatar
    I should test the native bitrate, seeing as how 720p seems it might be higher. Also if these videos are going to be for YouTube, then I wouldn't bother going past 720p in all honesty when factoring just how many people watch 1080p rendered footage as compared to 720p. It will also save you much more time when editing and rendering the post production.
    01-05-12 02:38 PM
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