The magic of detail, or what you lose by watching a movie in poor quality

Just a dozen years ago, watching 360p and 480p movies was the standard, and higher quality seemed impossible. We didn’t know what we were missing because we didn’t know anything better. Today, the situation has changed dramatically – TV and computer manufacturers are racing to improve their products in all sorts of ways, and it is the image quality that makes the biggest difference. We explain what the resolution actually is and why it is worth watching movies and TV series as well as playing games in the best possible quality.

Screen resolution is the basic parameter of the display mode, determining the number of pixels of the image. In simple terms, the higher the resolution, the better: we can see more details, the colors are more realistic and the contrast higher. Until a dozen years ago, 360p and 480p resolutions were the standard and, colloquially speaking, were enough. Also because higher ones were unknown to us and seemed unattainable. Nowadays, everything has changed, which can be symbolized by 2019 and YouTube’s decision to stop recognizing 720p resolution as HD. In other words, the mentioned resolution, according to the service, is no longer sufficient to meet the high demands of viewers. Why is it worth taking a closer look at the resolution and why watching a video in a better quality we gain a lot?

Resolution matters

Watching movies, TV series and various other programs in low resolution means that we lose a lot – colors appear to be of poor quality, contrast is low and details are not very clear. In extreme cases, when the resolution is really low, it is hard to see anything at all. Image quality is very important for action, if we are watching, for example, a horror or action movie. At low resolutions, our experience will be poorer and we may miss an important twist. This will be especially noticeable if we compare it to a movie watched on a big screen in high definition. In this type of cinema, it’s often the details that matter: a small object, an event taking place in the background, or a gesture that strongly influences the plot. It’s the same with today’s games: on the one hand, they rely on the excellence of the graphics to provide a better gaming experience, and on the other hand, we often have to find a specific, well-hidden object on the screen. If we have at our disposal an excellent picture quality, this will be much easier.

For this reason, among others, TV manufacturers are racing to improve their products: to polish the performance and various parameters. The latest Samsung Neo QLED TVs seem to be a qualitative leap in terms of continuous improvement of picture quality. Among their advantages influencing the viewing experience it is worth mentioning the Ultra Wide Viewing Angle as well as the Antireflective Coating limiting the reflections, however the greatest emphasis has been put on the reproduction of details and colors as well as brightness. The hallmark is the perfect black colour – how important it is to get it right is obvious to anyone who has ever looked in vain for details during dark scenes in a horror, sci-fi or action movie. In Neo QLED TVs the picture is created thanks to precise control of Quantum Mini LED backlight, making every detail on the screen sharp both in dark and bright scenes. The Neo Quantum AI Processor, on the other hand, takes care of the optimization of the viewed content. Samsung offers a choice of 8K (QN900A and QN800A) and 4K (QN95A, QN91A, QN85A) models, available in various sizes from 50 to 85 inches.

Resolution and viewing pleasure

Choosing a TV is certainly not an easy task. We have to take into account not only the offered resolution, but also the screen size, new features, appearance and price. However, it is hard not to agree that the most important aspect is the picture quality. It is what allows us to fully enjoy our favorite movies, TV series or games. It is not only a clearer picture, but also a better representation of dark and bright scenes, fuller colors, better contrast and sharpness as well as the possibility of noticing previously unnoticed details.

Manufacturers nowadays compete not only in providing their users with the highest possible image quality, but also in its continuous improvement. This can be seen in the previously mentioned new Neo QLED series from Samsung. It includes, for example, the Neo QLED QN91A, a 4K TV featuring the new Quantum Mini LED backlight technology and the powerful Neo Quantum 4K AI Processor. The precise control of the backlight means even more detail, more clearly in both brighter and darker scenes. Quantum Dot technology, in turn, is responsible for 100% Color Intensity. What is worth emphasizing is that you can enjoy perfect colors from the very first start – the model is included in the Master Calibration program, which means that even at the production stage it has been calibrated by Samsung experts. The model is available in four sizes: 50, 55, 65 and 75 inches.

The best way to see how much the picture quality affects your viewing pleasure is to check it on YouTube, which gives you the possibility of quickly jumping between different resolutions. You can start with 144p and then choose successively higher ones or jump immediately to the highest possible one. The situation is analogous with televisions, so if we want to fully enjoy movies, series or games – it’s worth choosing the best of the options currently offered by manufacturers. Because the difference is colossal, right?

It is already worth considering the choice of 8K TV. This is more than 33 million pixels managed by Artificial Intelligence. Its operation is multi-threaded – it is based on 16 neural networks that specialize in different aspects of picture and sound and manage TV functions. An important role in Neo QLED 8K TVs is played by upscaling, i.e. image quality improvement. The library of materials in the highest resolution is slowly growing, but after all, today we also watch films, series and other video materials that were created in the 70s or later. Artificial intelligence employed for upscaling, or improving their quality, can already do a lot today. Thanks to it, while watching such recordings the edges will be corrected, colors and tonal transitions will be completed and the viewing experience will be better than when watching in the original.

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