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What is 480p resolution?

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The shorthand "480p" refers to a 480-pixel vertical line that is progressively drawn together with other vertical lines. This mode is in contrast to 480i where each odd or even vertical line is drawn/interlaced at the same time. Interlacing requires less bandwidth, but results in a worse image.

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What is 480p resolution?
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The 480p resolution is considered a standard definition for televisions. This resolution is in contrast to high-definition televisions that typical start at 720p. Many televisions are now produced with an even higher resolution, often reaching a 1080p definition. This mode requires a lot of bandwidth--especially since television video often has a frame rate of 60 frames per second--but results in a superior image.

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