The craft of making Being Human and Later With Jools Holland in High Definition TV

Monday 21 June 2010, 12:44

Danielle Nagler Danielle Nagler Controller, BBC HD

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As any of you who has bought a High Definition (HD) television - or just read the claims about them - will know, HD can give you five times more detail in your television picture.

Most of us don't watch standard definition TV and notice the absence of all that detail, but it is true that watching HD pictures can show you things on television you have never seen before (and may not want to).

When HD television first started, ripples of terror ran through the communities of people who help make the television illusion real for us - the make up artists, set designers, costume designers, props people, and so on.

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But they are, of course, highly skilled craftspeople, and have learnt to understand HD and to adapt the ways they work to suit.

We wanted to show you a little more of what HD involves and to share with you the talents of some of those who make it all possible. So we've made a series of short films to give you some insight into how programmes are made in high definition.

They'll be shown on TV in some of the gaps between programmes on BBC HD - and available on the BBC website - but I wanted to share the first two with you here.

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They take you to visit the model makers at Aardman in Bristol who care for CBBC's Shaun The Sheep (I'll update this post with a link to this video when it becomes available) and the make-up artists who spend hours creating werewolf wounds on BBC Three's Being Human, as well as the sound engineers responsible for the full (5.1) musical experience on Later with Jools.

I hope they help you to appreciate the often unsung heroes who make HD TV work for the BBC, and for you.

Danielle Nagler is controller of BBC HD

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    "HD can give you five times more detail in your television picture."

    Oh dear Danielle you have done it again. I think that comes of believing your own properganda.

    An SD picture is 720x576 = 414720 pixels. The BBC HD picture is 1440x1080 = 1555200 pixels. That means the BBC HD picture is only 3.75 times more detail than SD. Most HD channels including some ITV HD channels transmit 1920x1080 pixels giving 5 times the picture detail.

    I have not taken into account the extreamly low bit rates the BBC use which reduces the definition even further. In short the BBC HD channel is not HD. I notice that the BBC does not make this claim on any outside advertising as the Advertising Standards Authority would come down on it like a ton of bricks.

    @derek500

    I don't think BARB takes into account PVR viewing either. The BBC HD channel has always had very low viewing figures. One reason is that a simulcast channel is not available yet. It is not easy to keep track of which programs are available in HD. The poor picture quality on BBC HD also means that it is not worth the effort to turn over. BBC 1 HD will help but with 42 HD channels available in the UK they have got alot of competition.

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    Comment number 3.

    It seems rather strange that the BBC is trying to promote Surround Sound when in fact most of thier home produced programes are in stereo.

    Freeview HD viewers should also be warned that the surround signal transmitted by the BBC is not compatable with most Surround Sound systems in use today. Freeview HD does not use Dolby but uses AAC and so you will need to get an amplifier compatable with AAC.

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    Comment number 4.

    2. trevorjharrris i have to completely disagree with you . If you cant see the diffrence between BBC and BBC HD you must be blind. Football looks alot better on HD. I recently watched the 'life' series on HD and it looks excellent , far better than standard definition.

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    Comment number 5.

    @biily

    Some programs are better than others. Garrows Law and Ashes to Ashes are examples of some programes which were not distinguishable.

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    @trevorjharris.

    The 'overnights', published the next day include 'same day' PVR. The officials, which I quoted above include seven day PVR viewing.

    But surely, most watch football live?

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    Comment number 8.

    I always thought there was a difference between 'can' and 'does'? Therefore no need to change the sentence.

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    Comment number 9.

    Hello, thanks for your comments everyone.
    To discuss the tech side of picture quality, please post your comments on the BBC Internet blog. A viewers' group came into discuss the issue with BBC HD bosses and were invited to collective write a series of posts there afterwards.

    Cheers
    Fiona, TV blog editor

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    Comment number 10.

    It looks like TrevorJHarris has a hidden agenda to bring down the BBC. Are Mr. Murdoch in disguise?

    It find it hilarious that you state the BBC does not do HD on it's BBC HD channel and then go on to praise ITV, when ITV broadcasts more SD content on ITV HD than anyother HD channel in the whole of the UK.

    Forget it Murdoch! You are not allowed to buy into ITV because we don't want you to and your precious Sky is going to continue to lose customers! Deal with it already!

    BBC HD ROCKS!

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    Comment number 11.

    To The Realist, if "TrevorJHarris has a hidden agenda to bring down the BBC" has this agenda as you say, dont you ask why FionaWickham (TV blog editor)is asking users who want to "discuss the tech side of picture, quality, please post your comments on the BBC Internet blog"?
    For all i know all the TV stations are not giving us the deal they are claiming to provide. Consumers should be wary and hold fort with any investment on new HD subscription. We should wait till the the dust settles so we know when we are getting real value for our money. For sure, watching a blue-ray movie is much clearer than any HD station out there, of which the picture quality is meant to be at par when watching HD content.
    I would be much more dissapponinted with the BBC providing false content than ITV given than we are mandated to pay subscription to the BBC via TV licence

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    Comment number 12.

    @realist

    No my name is not Murdoch. Actually Murdoch only has a 39% ownership of Sky although he is now trying to buy the rest. Sky is in fact growing at very fast rate mainly due to its HD offerings.

    If you look at the BBC HD scheduals you will find that most of the programs are repeats. I have had HD for 3 years so BBC HD is getting to be a bit boring. The situation is rather different at the moment with the World Cup and Wimbledon which BBC get on the cheap under the protected rights scheme.

    My agenda is not to bring the BBC down but for them to return to quality both technically and in terms of programs. The BBC now spreads its money too wide and needs to invest much more in HD. HD is the future of television and the BBC is not investing enough in it.

    @fionawickham

    I do understand why the BBC wants to direct the quality issue away from its mainstream blogs. The issue here is that Danielle made a specific claim in her blog that BBC HD has up to 5 times the detail, a statement which is clearly not true. The claim is also made on the BBC web site but the Advertising Standards Authority tell me it is not in their power to do anything about it.

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    Comment number 13.

    The compulsive complainers are straight in with their negative and condescending tone (#2 trevorjharris "Oh dear Danielle you have done it again."). For anyone new to HD, ignore these people. They are a very tiny and irritating minority stuck in an obsessive grove.

    The behind the scenes glimpses offered here are just the kind of topic I'd like to see, although I'm not sure about the presenting style but that's just my taste.

    BBC HD is brilliant and getting better as the technology and all related expertise matures. Despite detractors it is a very popular HD channel with millions quietly enjoying what it offers.

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    Comment number 14.

    @trevorjharris

    Read the post again. Nowhere does she state that BBC HD can give you 5 times the quality of an SD broadcast. HD - yes, BBC HD - no.

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    Comment number 15.

    All this is relative, waffling on about resolution of this, that and the other is meaningless. Most people don't care and most don't understand the technology. Different televisions of all sizes, shapes and technologies will give you a different experience in any event. I've had HD since day one and it's well worth it, watch it for long enough and SD is unacceptably poor on many channels as your eyes adjust to simply a better quality picture. BBC HD is excellent and again well worth 'switching channel' to experience. Buy a BluRay player, buy Blue Planet or Life and I challenge anyone to not be stunned by what they see.

    @trevor

    Your claims are not only inaccurate but based on an article you've probably googled so you can copy and paste in this discussion to look well informed.

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    Comment number 16.

    @trevorjharris

    It says HD not BBC HD, calm down. Are you angry?

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    Comment number 17.

    @trevor....I would like to go that step further than Alsidair did...the open paragraph reads:

    "As any of you who has bought a High Definition (HD) television - or just read the claims about them - will know, HD can give you five times more detail in your television picture"

    I am sure reading that says the HD 'can' give you not does! And yes it says HD not BBC. Having watched HD (on most of the Sky presented channels) I can't believe that anyone can possible ocmplain about the quality! The worst is when watching some old programs that have been 'converted' to HD. Even this upscaling still looks better than SD.

    All of this is really irrelevant anyway as the blog has to do with those people having to change their working practices to cope with the change in definition. I think that they do an amazing job (I would love to have that level of skill) and have adapted incredibly quickly to new technologies.

    Stop moaning about things that don't need moaning at and try to look at the bright side of things, no wonder this country is in danger of going to pot!

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    Comment number 18.

    Just the one comment. Change the presenter/format for any future snippets. Whoever he is he's ruddy awful.

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    Comment number 19.

    For those arguing against the analysis trevorjharris provided us with in post #2, just ask yourself whether Danielle as head of the BBC HD channel would be referring to anything other than her own channel, particularly as the BBC has a policy of not commenting on other channels.

    #13ChrisK
    Why should anyone with a different viewpoint to yours be classed as a compulsive complainer? (That is a rhetorical question so any reply will not be responded to.) Your false assumptions about peoples motives were exposed on the picture_quality_on_bbc_hd blog and yet you continue to perpetuate them.

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    Comment number 20.

    #19 burnlea, I go by the evidence of OTT posts on many of these blogs which are for all to see. If the cap fits...

 

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