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Old May 14th, 2010, 11:13 AM   #31
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Dropping bits versus dithering them

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I think the answer is Mark that CD throw away the extra 2 bits. Currently the Nano wold just throw away those last two numbers and end up with a slightly different result...1.0000000.

I'm not sure what the impact on the final image would be - maybe slightly smoother gradients?
...Hi John: The question is which procedure works better ? Can one see the difference ? Is it better to just do away with the extra 2 bits of precision, or dither the 10 into 8 ? Which looks better ? I would think it is probably more efficient to just drop the extra 2 bits, so that the internal Nano/XDR processor doesn't have to work as hard. I'm guessing that dithering 10 bits into 8 uses allot of processor power. (??) Is this accurate Tommy ?
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #32
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My guess is as well that dithering 10bit to 8bit will be a waste. MPEG-2 is an 8-bit codec. As I said in the article, 8-bit color is more than adequate for a number of shooting scenarios. If you need 10bit (or greater) color sampling, then you simply need a different codec (read here, different device). Each tool has its place. nanoFlash works perfectly for me.

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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #33
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Each tool has its place. nanoFlash works perfectly for me.

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Exactly. No software application or piece of hardware is optimized for every possible scenario.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #34
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The XDR Works well for me

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Each tool has its place. nanoFlash works perfectly for me.

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....The XDR works perfectly for me as well.....But it could work even more perfectly if I had the *U* option for digital cinema origination. (Doing my best not to thread camp on that one Chris)
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 03:03 AM   #35
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My guess is as well that dithering 10bit to 8bit will be a waste. MPEG-2 is an 8-bit codec. As I said in the article, 8-bit color is more than adequate for a number of shooting scenarios. If you need 10bit (or greater) color sampling, then you simply need a different codec (read here, different device). Each tool has its place. nanoFlash works perfectly for me.

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Perhaps, but dithering is a pretty accepted way to enhance an information resolutiong change, and it's considered superior to truncating, simple rounding or adding zeros.

I do think it has more value when up-rezing than when down-rezing, so you may be right.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 07:53 PM   #36
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Cash Cab XDR

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....Cash Cab is all 8 bit XDR's.
Nice video of their set-up.
YouTube - On Set with the HD Flash XDR - Camera Department
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