Kenneth Clark's Civilisation HD
I was very pleased to see this article appear on Media Guardian:
BBC remasters Civilisation for HD - Media - guardian.co.uk
"Danielle Nagler, head of HD and 3D at the BBC, said: "Kenneth Clark's Civilisation defined a new gold standard for arts programming when it was first broadcast. Watching it now, the programme is clearly of its time but the production quality still shows through."
Civilisation, one of the first series ever filmed in colour for BBC2, was ripe to be remastered for HD because it was originally shot on 35mm film to ensure the highest possible quality."
Which is great, because on BBC - BBC Internet Blog: BBC HD Update: DOG Patrol on comment 13, at 13:01pm on 1st Mar 2009, I wrote:
I was watching two programmes the other day and an idea hit me.
First I watched one of the Classic Star Trek episodes that have been redone from the film originals in 1080-line HD.
Then I was watching "Civilization", now 40 years old. Programmes like that were made before "everything was done on videotape".
I am wondering, how about dusting done some classic BBC factual series that were shot on colour film like "Civilization", "Life on Earth" and "The Ascent of Man" and giving them the HD treatment?
And, two years later I get my wish. Now I hope people watch it..
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Les Nicol: No, that's not correct. That is not setting the picture format, that is setting the viewing format.
The picture format (either 4:3 or 16:9, sometimes 14:9) is the anamorphic correction applied to the picture, which in effect is the correct description of the pixel shape.
HD pixels are generally 1:1, matching what you see on computer monitors, but on UK televison it has bee 1:1.13, 1:1.21, 1:1.89, 1:1.42, 1:1.06 - see A comparison of TV, HDTV and computer monitors | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .
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