Episode 52: “Live” from the HPA Tech Retreat 2013

The Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat was, once again, held in Indian Wells, CA. Terence and Philip both attended this year’s retreat and recorded this show immediately after the welcome dinner, Wednesday night.

They discuss the topics from the Tech Retreat, and go off on a few tangents.

7 thoughts on “Episode 52: “Live” from the HPA Tech Retreat 2013

  1. On the subject of shuttling around in streamed content: It likely varies by device, but Netflix on my PS3 and my Apple TV (gen 3) both update the image-on-screen as a guide for where you are in the content as you fast forward or rewind. The implementation on the PS3 is particularly good, as you also get a timeline of thumbnails that let you see what is forward and behind where you are as you chunk through it. It isn’t nearly as granular and progressive as shuttling a tape on a VTR, but pretty similar to the way most optical disc players seem to handle FF and RW.

  2. Was this the episode you guys were talking about 4K being a gimmick? I have a friend who believes every thing he hears (especially if Apple says it).

    1. I think that’s the one. One of the presentations showed that there was almost no perceivable difference between 720 and 4K

  3. Does that include television sets AND computer monitors? Would there be a perceivable difference on retina displays?


  4. It’s a viewing distance to screen size computation. There is a point at which our eyes aren’t capable of resolving the resolution differences anymore. The study that was shown at the tech retreat was done with typical viewing screens sizes and distances.

    If for example you were to walk up the screen at a movie theater, you probably be able to see the resolution difference between 2K and 4K. But from a seat in the middle of the theater, that difference isn’t resolvable by the human eye.

    For a better example. What resolution is the real world in? From ten miles away, I can’t tell that there are ants crawling on a mountain. From two feet away I can. If I am only going to see the mountain from ten miles away, that amount of detail is a waste of bandwidth.

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