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Does HD look better on a SDTV, or does SD look better on a SDTV?

#1Madmicky933Posted 11/13/2013 3:27:20 AM(edited)
My friend wants me to burn off a movie that he can watch. However, the movie I have is 1920x1080p.

He has a SDTV. So isn't its resolution 480x720i and 4:3?

So, should I convert it to that resolution, or should I simply burn off the movie in its current resolution and aspect ratio?
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#2SlaynPosted 11/13/2013 3:24:11 AM
Hmmm that's a good question. I know that SD looks terrible on HDTV, I am not sure about the other way around. I would say there is no downside to having a higher resolution.
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#3claytonbuckleyPosted 11/13/2013 3:37:30 AM
if you can do it at the 4:3 resolution without it looking weird I'd do it that way. 16:9 on a 4:3 TV would annoy the hell out of me. The black bars would be too much.
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#4LordSeiferPosted 11/13/2013 5:43:50 AM
regular tv is 640x480, not 720
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#5fallenswordsPosted 11/13/2013 6:15:53 AM
480x720 is a vertical rectangle...

and SD TVs come in 16:9 and 4:3, have him send you the resolution.
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#6MasterDonGeroPosted 11/13/2013 6:26:52 AM
You should be more worried about the aspect ratio. If you leave it at 1080p (16:9) and the TV is 4:3, there will be black bars at the top and bottom, assuming the TV doesn't have its own scaling features (if your friend doesn't care, then whatever). If the TV is 16:9, you're good to go.

If you resize the aspect ratio to 4:3, everything will look scrunched. If you crop the aspect ratio to 4:3 (1440x1080), you'll be missing things on the side.

But, there are other aspect ratios out there, so you really need to know his TV's aspect ratio.
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