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Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, neither of my Canon cameras will shoot 60p….I've had them a few years now. Its either 25 full frames per second or 50 1/2 frames interlaced. I think that the higher definition is making the motion blurr just that bit more obvious and probably the 20% of extra frames per second with NTSC compared to PAL goes a little way towards hiding the effect for you in the States. The images shot at 1/125 are just that touch sharper when any subject motion is involved and I believe they show a little better on the tv. PS I'm a bit ahead of you @ 77. But that is now a small percentage difference!!!!!!! Nigel
Can I add another variable to this discussion. When I first changed to an HD camera I used 50i (PAL) but found with the extra definition, motion (like legs of running animals and even quite slow pans) gave quite blurred or jerky video which was unpleasant to watch on the TV. I, therefore changed to 25p which has seen quite an improvement in the tv display and has also made editing much easier, particularly when trying to be frame accurate. However, the motion is still a long way from being perfect and pans in particular look very "Blurred". I have since upped the shutter speed from the standard 1/50 to 1/125 and it does seem to have made an improvement, but this is just a personal view and I have done no real comparison tests. It would be interesting to know what those of you who use their cameras all day every day have to say. Do you ever use different shutter speeds other than for very fast moving subjects such as motor racing??? Ultimately, I assume that 60p will eventually be the cure all, but I don't think that it will be affordable for pensioners in the years that I have left. Nigel
There is another program, I think it is called “scenalyzer” or something similar. I remember I did try it a long time ago. It was cheaper but didn’t offer the facility to scan the whole of your collection of tapes and flag up those clips with the search word you put in. It may perhaps have been improved in the meantime.
Hi, I have been using CatDV for several years now and over several versions. I am a hobby video photographer (wild life and mainly West African birds.) That means lots and lots of tapes, all with many different species photographed. You need to be very dilligent in logging tapes, but it is the only system that I have come accross that will allow me to search through this miriad of tapes for the odd clip of a particular bird which could distributed randomly among some 150 tapes.
The system makes low res .mov files of the whole tape and has the ability to separate each clip by noting the breaks in “ambient” time and producesa thumbnail of the first frame of each clip. I have found the capture program a little bit “iffy” but it works reasonably well most of the time.
I have only just bought my first HD camera and haven’t spent any time checking CatDV with HD tapes. However first impression is that I will need to set the output from the camera to SD before CatDV will recognise what it is being presented with.
Hope this helps.
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