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High resolution or HD video

HD video is becoming more and more the norm – even our smartphone record in HD now and we now have Ultra-HD devices. 

The abbreviation HD stands for "high definition". As popular as this format is, publishing of feature films is done nearly exclusively on Blu-ray Disc –the storage medium for HD video. The complete switch of TV programming to HD has taken longer than planned which is reason enough to take a closer look at this image format to make a comparison with its previously established predecessors. There are different resolutions involved with the HD video format.

For household use, two levels of resolution have become popular: The so-called "small" HD format ("HD Ready") operates at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The alternative is "Full HD“at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The number of pixels, i.e. image points, provides information about the richness of detail of an image or film. The more pixels contained in a video, the more detail will be visible. Compared to the high-resolution formats, the DVD format has a resolution of 720 x 576 pixels, and therefore displays less detail. Since many digital camcorders today record in high resolution, it's important to use a program for video editing that supports the editing of HD video. MAGIX Video Easy is capable of importing, editing, and exporting high-resolution video material which includes Ultra-HD as well.  Thanks to the higher resolution, higher quantities of data are unavoidable, which results in larger file sizes. Longer videos in Full HD that are uncompressed can hardly even fit onto Blu-ray Disc. That's why it's important to compress video material before it is burned to the medium. In contrast to normal video DVD formats, the codec H.264 has established itself for compressing HD video files.

Editing HD video material

For exporting HD video, it used to be necessary to use blank Blu-ray Discs. The disadvantage in this case is that suitable burners are not yet broadly available and that blanks are still quite costly. In this case, MAGIX Video Easy, is capable of burning sequences of HD video material to conventional DVDs, thereby saving money.

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