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November 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM #43853keramParticipant
I am looking to pick up one of those two camcorders, but I am having hard time in deciding.
I have tried the HF10 at our local Fry’s Electronics, with my own 8GB memory card, I recorded about 3 min of footage, took it home and opened it in Premier CS4 (which now supports AVCHD without any conversion needed).
What i have found is alot of pixeling, tiling, especially when zoomed in.
Now, I believe I was recording in 30 fps mode.
With that, I really am no impressed with the quality.
However, after reading all the reviews etc I think I am doing something wrong, so any suggestions please, will be very much appreciated.
As for HV30, I have been using MiniDV tapes for some time now with my current Canon Optura Xi, and I know what it takes to move it onto the computer (I use Windows) to do the editing etc.
I am looking to step into the HD video which is why I am considering the upgrade.
I have not tried the HV30 since I dont have it at home so it would be hard for me to transfer the video onto my PC to check the quality of it.
So my questions are:
Am I doing something wrong with the HF10 and recording, which is why I am getting tiling on the video?
Which camcorder should I choose? HF10 or HV30 (keep in mind I do have powerful PC and Adobe CS4 Master Suite)
Thank you for any suggestions.
November 10, 2008 at 7:16 PM #183772EarlCMember
Me? Personally, Id go with the HV30 for both true HD quality and a known (in both our cases) quality and post requirements understanding via the MiniDV tape acquisition route. It takes more time, but quality, as you note, is the issue.
If I had $8k, even $4k, I purchase two of the new Panasonic 150 solid state recording AVCHD units in a heartbeat, especially now that Final Cut Pro is compatible for editing that format (I am a Mac user), but I dont.
And, in order to move into the HD zone sooner economically, rather than later, I am most likely going to continue to target the HV30s until, and unless something in the same, or close, price range happens. First, however, I am using available investment funds for upgrading my computer and software to the latest iteration, as I will need this to maintain HD quality level of production.
Then, the cameras. Most of our productions are two-camera shoots, so my first position is what price range and quality camcorders will allow me to most quickly acquire a working pair of the same model and brand?
Wish I had the knowledge of your platform and software to better respond to your other concerns.
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