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According to the startrek.com 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%?.

Link to startrek.com article:- Enterprise Season 4 Article
MrTomServo1,252 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Tiger2000 posted:
According to the startrek.com 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%?.

Link to startrek.com article:- Enterprise Season 4 Article


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. Wink

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 ****.

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DVEous54 posts since 12 Aug 2003
Tiger2000 posted:
According to the startrek.com 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%?.

Link to startrek.com article:- Enterprise Season 4 Article


AIUI the budget isn't being slashed if you're talking about the $1.7 mil to $800,000 figure, that's actually how much Paramount charges UPN to air the show on their network (and yes I know it's technically the same company overall).
A former member
HD actually increases the resolution of the picture by about 10-fold

Let's be accurate here - it's a colossal improvement on standard-def video. It is *not* an improvement on the 35mm film they currently shoot Enterprise on.

FWIW, the very first few episodes of Enterprise were shot on HD, but they swapped back to 35mm because of the depth of field issues inherent to any electronic image capture system.

Many sci-fi programmes have actually avoided using HD cameras, because they expose how naff their sets really are

No more than Super-16 or 35mm film do, and most sci-fi shows are shot on film.

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

If you're shooting on film, the cost of the raw film stock and TK time are *major* budgetary factors. One roll of 35mm only lasts 4 minutes and costs about $540 including processing, with expensive TK time on top... by contrast, one 30-minute HD tape costs $50-100, with no processing or TK involved. The cost savings are considerable.

Of course, Star Trek just hasn't been the same since they came off 35mm film, really

Presumably you mean since they stopped *editing* on film. They still shoot on 35mm.
moss424 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Glorfindel posted:
Of course, Star Trek just hasn't been the same since they came off 35mm film, really

Presumably you mean since they stopped *editing* on film. They still shoot on 35mm.


AIUI, Star Trek (from the very beginning of TNG) has *always* been edited on video. They had a major choice at the start of TNG; do the special effects compositing and editing on video and put up with the resolution loss (which means that the shows couldn't be edited together as films and shown overseas), or do the special effects and editing directly on film, and it be far more expensive.

They chose the video route. And the quality of video has improved vastly by now, of course - the old eps of TNG look particuarly unpleasant compared to today (although perhaps some of that is due to the less-good standards conversion?)