According to the
website the fourth season of Enterprise is to be shot on High Definition Digital Cameras instead of film. The producers claim that the viewers will not notice any difference in the quality and look of the final broadcast program. Are there any techeads reading who know anything about the quality of the HD systems, or is it just a cost cutting measure by Paramount who have slashed the butget of Enterprise by almost 50%?.
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HD actually increases the resolution of the picture by about 10-fold, but only if you have an HD set. So, for those with HD sets, Enterprise will be stunning. For the rest of us, it will look exactly the same. Many sci-fi programmes have actually avoided using HD cameras, because they expose how naff their sets really are.
As for cost-cutting ... that's debateable. I doubt the majority of their costs to run the show come from their camera and technical equipment.
Of course, Star Trek just hasn't been the same since they came off 35mm film, really. Anything after The Next Generation (and the first half, maybe, of Deep Space Nine) is ****.