Why do some videos look so dang good?
May 13, 2011 6:44 AM Subscribe
Why does some video quality appear warm and soft while others looks harsh and grainy?
posted by swrittenb to Technology (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know a bit about this area, but not nearly enough to really understand what the differences are here. What is it exactly in a camera that moves quality from typical home-video grainy one into a more professional "softer" look? I don't really know how to explain this properly, so maybe this will work by example.
Here's an old smpfilms video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogs9EUu_pdc
Here's a new smpfilms video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGgYkoNJiU
Everything just looks nicer in the new one, and I have no idea how to actually say exactly what's changed. It just looks way better. My MiniDV camcorder looks like the old video. A lot of HD cameras also look like the old one, but at a higher resolution. What is it that makes a video look like the newer example?
If someone is shopping for a new camcorder/camera, what is the feature they look for in a camera to get this kind of quality?
Sorry for sounding like a total goofball, I honestly have no idea how to describe this! Thanks!