Please Explain: 24p

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The term 24p has nothing to do with your TV's resolution. It is a frame rate standard used by Blu-ray players that was designed to improve the image quality of your Blu-ray discs. Ty Pendlebury explains.

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Ladyfingers posted a comment   

PAL definitely is better than ghastly NTSC (although the speed up is a drawback), but 1080p/24fps is where it's at.


Slam posted a comment   

ok but now I am even more muddled. I prefer the old explanation...or commentry.

PAL is better than NTSC. lol


Ladyfingers posted a comment   

This information is muddled.

PAL does not suffer from judder. Judder is an NTSC artefact from the uneven 3/2 pulldown process used to show 24fps at a refresh rate of 60Hz.

PAL uses 2/2 pulldown and speeds up the 24fps to 25fps, hence PAL soundtracts are often a semitone sharp if pitch correction has not been applied.

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