Originally Posted by Fatal05
From what I've read, 1080i (essentially 540p) is marginally better than 720p for movies, because there are more pixels on screen at any given time. However, the lines are interlaced, so there are 30 alternating lines on screen every second....as opposed to 720p's 60 constant lines.
Apparently 720p is better for quick movement (gaming, etc...), and 1080i is sufficient for the 24fps capped movies, and still images.
Minus my babbling, how much would the Motorola DVR cost? And would it work with my 360 in high def?
Sorry for my nub-ness
You're not incorrect. 1080i is basically 540p, as it's 540 lines of resolution interlaced to create the 1080 field. However, at the same time, your monitor is the "bottleneck" here. Where as it more than likely does not have more than 480 lines to display even 540p properly. I am probably wrong on this, though.
Also, your research again on 720p for movies, games, etc is close to accurate. The second dependant on both 1080i and 720p optimal performance is the content. 720p can also be better for movies IF the content, when created, were specifically for hi-definition television display. A lot of time, most of the time-- and with AppleTV now on the market and hi-definition delivery options expanding this will change-- it's for theatrical release.
I certainly would not discourage you to venture into Hi-def with your current monitor as long as you've done the research and aren't expecting phemonenal results. SOunds like you have, and so it's deifnitely going to be fun for ya!
THe Motoral DVR shouldn't run too much, that's gotta be searched. I'd definitely check www.avsforum.com
for things like that. Your X-bOx 360, however, should be able to take advantage of VGA, YbPbR/RGB/Component INput, or Digital inputs if your TV has either of those.