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RE: 480P - Anyone know what this is?

	>>Can anyone tell me what is meant by the term "480P" formatting for

	>>It seems this refers to some material being supplied as a PAL
	>>master (or at least for a PAL country) that has originated from
	>>film-to-NTSC transfer in the USA.  

	480p = 480 Progressive.

	This is one of the many ATSC digital TV standards. 720x480 pixels,
progressive scan (as opposed to interlace). Usually (but not required) in
16:9 aspect ratio. Frame rate is variable (24, 30, and 60 frames are all
permissible)- for instance, Fox Broadcasting here is preparing to broadcast
film originated programming in 480p/24 FPS this coming season (on a separate
digital feed). The advantage is that it can be sourced from current standard
525/60 601 masters (pulling out 3:2 pulldown). The disadvantage (to those
who consider it such) is that it's not true "high definition." 

	It has nothing to do with standards conversions.

	Mike Most, Encore Video, L.A.

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