Friday, January 30, 2015

Advantages of Progressive Scan

Generally speaking, progressive scanning has its own advantages when compared with interlaced scanning. First of all, the main advantage with progressive scanning is that the motion will be smoother and more realistic. In contrast, the interlaced video of the same rate will have a lot of visual artifacts, such as interline twitter. When capturing video with progressive scan, people have no such worries. It is safe to say that there will be an absence of visual artifacts, which enables the captured image to be used as still photos.

As a result, there is no need in intentional blurring, namely, anti-aliasing, of video in order to reduce interline twitter and eye strain. As a matter of fact, in the case of most media such as DVD movies and video games, the video is automatically blurred during the authoring process itself to subdue interline twitter when played back on interlace displays. Therefore, it is entirely impossible to recover the sharpness of the original video if the vide has been viewed progressively. A feasible solution to this problem is that people are supposed to choose the display hardware and video games come equipped with options to blur the video at will or to keep it at its original sharpness. Under such circumstance, the viewer is able to achieve the desired image sharpness no matter whether he is adopting interlaced or progressive displays.

Actually, progressive video is clearer and faster for scaling to higher resolutions in comparison with its equivalent interlaced video. HDTVs not based on CRT technology cannot natively display interlaced video. Therefore, the interlaced video has to be deinterlaced before it is scaled and displayed on HDTVs. However, in the deinterlacing process, some noticeable artifacts and input lag between the video source and display device are likely to emerge.