Originally Posted by Michael Maier
I get what you are saying. But most people add detail when shooting with the F900 for example. So there's space for edge enhancement in the world of HD.
Really? Where are your stats for this? My whole point isn't that there is no detail being added to the F900 just that it doesn't need as high of an amount of it. If you start out with smaller chips or chips that only have 960x540 pixels or even 1440x1080 cheap pixels you need a lot more edge enhancement then you do with the F900. Most F900 footage I have seen and worked with doesn't have anywhere at all the same level of electronic sharpness that other cameras have and this helps a lot. The way electronic sharpness works it that it adds contrast to edges. These high contrast edges do not translate very well in 24p movement. 24p in film works because of the natural way film captures images without a single touch of electronic edge enhancement. 24p needs good motion blur to sell the images as moving. If you add edge enhancement you no longer have that smooth transition for medium speed shots. Slow shots are fine because you are moving so slow. Fast shots are fine because the motion is so high the edge enhancement doesn't do anything to it. Medium speed shots that have a slight amount of motion blur will get some of that blur eaten away by making it sharper.