High Definition will be the preferred format for TV acquisition in the UK within three years, according to a broadcast technology expert, writes David Collins
During the opening speech at the Broadcast High Definition conference today, the managing director of Skills Zone Janet West made an amazing prediction for HD.
"I think that by 2006, HD will have grown in popularity and all the middle formats will be phasing out," she said. "We'll be making programmes in HD or DV."
She also listed all the various genres that are now using the format. "Police dramas seem to be particularly attracted to HD," she said, as well as documentaries and natural history programmes.
But she did admit to one failing on the part of HD: it doesn't handle high-speed photograph very well. "The only thing I wouldn't recommend being filmed in HD is a humming bird in slow motion," she said.
To sum up, she said: "HD is here, HD is the future but HD is still evolving. And to borrow George Lucas's expression, HD today is the worst it's ever going to be."
The Skills Zone provides producers with advice on getting the best out of television production equipment and accessories.