Is shot selection ruining your golf game? Imagine what its doing to your video productions.
Multiple guess is what we called it in college, but when choosing a camcorder, its definitely multiple choice and people have been choosing the VHS format for years. Its longevity has proven that it can pass the test of time. But why is there such loyalty to a format that competes against formats with greater resolution, smaller size and more advanced features? In short, its convenience. You can take a tape directly from a full-size VHS camcorder and play it directly in any home VCR. You can do the same with a VHS-C cassette and an adapter. Nothing is handier.
However, the VHS format does suffer from some drawbacks. The large size of regular VHS tapes requires a large camera to accommodate it. (Some would argue that this is an advantage, as it helps steady the camcorder for better shots.) To eliminate the sometimes unwieldy, bulky size, manufacturers came up with the compact VHS (VHS-C) format.
Another mark against VHS is image quality. As one of the poorest performers in the consumer camcorder arena, its video is mediocre. As with all analog formats, quality degrades even further each time you make a copy or edit on linear gear. To combat the poor image quality, manufacturers introduced Super VHS (S-VHS). This nearly doubled the image quality, putting it in on par with Hi8 and moved the VHS format into the professional arena.
At the high end of the S-VHS format, JVC Professional offers the GY-X2BU for $7,999. With it, you get all of the essentials you need for professional shooting like full manual control and three CCDs with 380,000 pixels per CCD. Panasonic Broadcast & Digital Systems AG-456U for $2,225 is another model aimed at the professional. This camcorder has manual and automatic exposure control, one CCD and time code.
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