AfterDawn: Glossary

Line Pair

A line pair consists of one black and one white line that are directly next to each other. The visual Resolution of film is measured in Line Pairs per unit (usually LP/mm). The horizontal visual resolution of analog television is also measured in line pairs.

TV Lines are the standard measure of an analog TV's Resolution. Rather than represent discrete locations on a grid, as Pixels in a digital Frame do, TV Lines indicate the maximum number of identifiable changes that can be produced along a single (horizontal) scanline of an analog TV. Much like film, where Visual Resolution is measured in Line Pairs, for analog TVs, the number of black and white (vertical) lines that can be seen on the screen at the same time is used to determine TV Lines. However, unlike film, the number of individual lines is used instead of counting each pair of black and white lines together. If you wanted to compare the Visual Resolution of film and a TV you'd need to divide the number of TV Lines in half to find the number of Line Pairs.

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