View Full Version : hd 720p or 1080p, which one?

09-01-2005, 09:41 PM
I'm in a conundrum right now. I'm in the middle of creating my demo reel and an animated short, but I'm not too sure what format to choose: 720p or 1080p? I'm not too sure if it's better to use 1K or 2K. I need a bit of help to figure out what would be best for both the short and long term. Can 720p be used for film on the animated short circuit?

AND PSD w/layers & alpha, JPG, PNG or what?

09-08-2005, 11:36 AM
Use 1080p.
You can always scale it "down" to 720p if you need to later. (they are the same aspect ratio). But, scaling it "up" from 720 to 1080 would loose resolution.

Your 1080p footage will scale perfectly to 720. Just watch your frame rates to make sure they match.

09-10-2005, 08:43 PM
I agree with the concept of scaling down as a general principle but rendering time could become a factor.

In terms of quality I would go psd, most of the other formats you mention are lossy. I used to render out in Animation codec which results in little loss of information but lately I have been using psd because there is no loss of quality. There are only two concerns: one is using a video editing program that will effectively use psd files (e.g. Final Cut Pro), the other is having enough hard drive space to accommodate the larger psd files.

09-11-2005, 12:46 AM
1080p is nice, but maybe overkill in terms of render time, especially for a demo reel. I'm using 720/24p, renderring out to PNG files.