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Is there any benefit,or should I say noticeable benefitto filming in High Definition if your final out-put is in standard DV for the finished DVD?
I use the Canon XHA1 and find that down-converted HD footage looks better than footage filmed in SD. It’s also sometimes useful to have HD footage stored away in case you decide you want to do something different with it at a later date. Not always necessary, but worthy of consideration before you press the record button.
I’ve not seen any real increase in image quality when HD is output to standard but if you keep your HD master files/tapes you’ll have far better images should you output to HD.
There’s a definite benefit for producing widescreen SD output, which most DV-only cameras aren’t designed to do well. For standard 4:3 output the difference may not be much, but it doesn’t hurt to start with higher quality HD source. Bottom line: you lose nothing by shooting in HD and gain a lot more flexibility in terms of delivery options for both widescreen and 4:3 display.
Thanks for your replies, it’s been really helpful. Filming in HD gets the vote.