Understanding Video Resolution: Standard Definition (SD) vs. High Definition (HD)

In this modern, digitized day and age, telecommunication customers have grown accustomed to expecting the highest levels of clarity when it comes to the picture of their television programs. To keep up with these viewer demands, broadcasters and digital media providers have to continually evolve their company’s video streaming software capabilities in order to keep up with customer expectations for quality.

Of course, most individuals can infer that high definition is a step up from standard definition, but do they really know the difference?

What’s the Difference Between Standard Definition (SD) & High Definition (HD)?

This is a question that has been brought to the attention of our team at RCC Fiber. To put it as simply as possible, the difference between SD & HD images are the number of pixels they contain when being displayed. HD images contain more pixels per square inch than standard definition images. 

Why Does Definition Matter?

It’s important to note that if a customer’s display has standard definition capabilities (720p), even if the broadcast is coming through in high definition (1080p), media will only show in SD. For instances where broadcast video quality is irrelevant, certain applications such as government or military can rely on a more affordable standard definition solution where high-quality video transmissions are, in essence, irrelevant to the operation. This is all dependent upon the megapixel counts of the devices where your broadcasts will be displayed; the fewer megapixels on one’s screen determines the video quality the viewer will see.

As the most trusted provider of gigabit fiber media converters for sale online, Radiant Communications Corporation strives to stay at the forefront of the fiber optic revolution by providing our broadcasting customers the tools and technologies to deliver media to their viewers faster and clearer, as well as an array of standard definition media converters for non-consumer grade applications.

To find out more information about all of RCC Fiber’s innovative broadcasting solutions, or to connect with one of our experts to find the right encoder for your industry application, give us a call today or fill out a contact form through our website.