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  • in reply to: Canon videocams GL2 or XH A1 Input appreciated #171870
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    GL2 is old. It is SD and what is worse, it does not have native widescreen imager. When it shoots widescreen it does not letterbox image on LCD/viewfinder. For the money it is sold new (~$2K) it looks and feel cheap. Good 4:3 picture though. But 4:3 is out — it had to be out a decade ago — so what’s the point?

    Instead of spending 2K on an aged technology I would spend 1K on the HV20. Smaller lens, worse ergonomics, but everything else is better. Who cares if it is a consumer camera? Both cameras look cheap, so if you ok with the GL2 looks, the HV20 should not feel worse. And contrary to what some people say, it does have manual aperture selection, though somewhat indirect one.


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    in reply to: best way to convert from 4:3 to 16:9 #171875
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    travis_h Wrote:

    I have a GL2 and it shoot native 4:3, If I change it to 16:9 on the camera, the image is slightly stretched. I also find this to be true when I crop it in Adobe Premiere Pro. Is there a way to convert without reducing the image quality?

    If you shot 16:9 with your GL2, then there is no need to convert, it is already 16:9, just set "widescreen" flag. I don’t know about Adobe, in Vegas this can be specified in project properties as well as in properties of a specific clip. If you shot 4:3, then you have to cut top and bottom parts of the video, specifics depend on your NLE.


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    in reply to: What exactly is meant by a HD Camcorder? #171789
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    PMorton Wrote:

    There is actually a little more to it than that.
    HD simply means "High Definition", which includes everything from 720i to 1080p.

    There is no 720i.

    in reply to: Beginner HD questions #182843
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    adobewerk Wrote:

    Can i shoot in Hi Def and still make standard DVD’s with that footage?

    Most (all?) HDV camcorders can downconvert to DV.

    in reply to: I am deciding between an HC7, HC1, A1U or FX1 #182800
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    Kevin Shaw Wrote:

    The FX1 produces better images than the others in poor lighting, but the A1U has better audio inputs and controls. You can’t get everything you want for $2500, so you’ll have to decide whether image or sound is more important. I’d say get the FX1 and supplement it with separate audio sources if necessary.

    Forget the HC1 and HC7: those are primarily consumer cameras with limited controls.

    In what regards A1U gives more manual control than HC1? I thought that these two are basically the same, only A1U has XLR/mic module and better hood and some more options in the menu, including unusable 24-frame mode. HC1 allows adjusting shutter speed just like A1U. A1U does not allow selecting aperture in f-stops, just like HC1. What are the serious differences between professional A1U and consumer HC1?

    in reply to: Getting back into vid-which camera, format rules now? #171751
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    Kevin Shaw Wrote:

    Blu-ray is winning the HD disc format war

    Do you have reliable statistics?

    in reply to: Filming a Doc, need advice :-) #164430
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    MikeMoscow Wrote:

    Hey everyone,

    Am in Moscow, planning to film a documentary that will be pitched to television networks. Am wondering what camera’s can pass for broadcast quality. XL1? GL2? Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also what did the Jackass guys use for their MTV show?

    Just curious: are you going to film for Russian TV?

    in reply to: Starter Camera #171725
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    Danstin Studios Wrote:

    Coming from a film background, I just want to throw in that I believe Panasonic cameras have a more "film-like" appearance, and the DVX100 or the HVX200 would both be excellent cameras. Most people will probably agree with me about the film look, but there are so many other options to consider, and if that’s not high on your list, disregard it.

    DVX100 is not HD, it does not even have native 16:9 chip.

    in reply to: CamCorder Advice #171620
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    video novice Wrote:

    Will there be any loss of quality if I feed the Hard Drive Camera into my VX2100 and transfer the desired scenes to digital footage on tape?

    Why would you feed video from HDD-based camera into your camera? Why would not you load these files into your NLE for editing? Or are you talking about printing back to tape for archival purposes?

    video novice Wrote:

    This way, the footage should not be compressed.

    It is already compressed.


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    in reply to: MiniDV going extinct? #182827
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    Just half a year ago I got myself a $300-something consumer camera to make mostly home videos. But somehow in the process I got interested in video and am thinking about possible upgrade too, not that I’ve made any good videos yet. Anyway, I wanted something with bigger chip for more cinematic shallow DOF, I also wanted more manual controls, zebra, focus wheel, two mic ins is a plus… etc. Yeah, I know about HV20. Anyway…

    I was (still am) looking at GL2. First thing: I will never buy a new GL2 simply because the $2500-something price seems too high. I saw quite nice videos and even movies (well, trailers) shot with GL2, but they speak more of director/editor than of the camera itself. GL2’s chip is only 1/4" while the consumer HV20 has 1/2.7". Its widescreen (WS) mode is crippled, not a real one, the view angle is quite narrow and the resolution is not top notch. The LCD is small, 4:3, and does not letterbox image when you shoot WS. No XLR input. As I understand, the camera is known for faulty tape transport like some other Canons including HV20. The hard plastic is creaky, and it is hideous silver, ew (I know, I know, the color should not matter for a pro, but I am not a pro). And it is not an HD camera.

    Good stuff: 3CCDs, professional-style zoom rocker, relatively good built-in mic, convenient handle.

    Anyway, I looked around and saw some Sony models like A1U for about $2000 which is cheaper than GL2 (see Beach Camera and $300 Sony rebate). I am also contemplating a used GL2 for about $1000, would this be a sensible buy? I don’t really want to upgrade my computer right now… Even for this price I am not sure. HD is already here. Buying a new camera for $2-3K without HD option seems like a grave mistake.

    HD or not, but WS is the must. In Europe they shoot/broadcast in WS SD for about 10 years. European shows upconverted to HD looks quite nice on HD TVs. Watching Formula 1 in WS was a blissful experience, and it did not really matter that it was not HD, the mere fact that the picture was in WS was enough. But shooting WS on GL2 is inconvenient, one has to get accustomed to stretched picture on the LCD.

    I think a lot depends on post too. DVD movies look almost as good as some HD cable programming.

    So there… I would love to hear from gurus about camcorders in $2K price range, give or take. Like how bad/good A1U is? For 2K one gets HD, 1/3" chip (though it is CMOS), XLR unit. Spec-wise this cam is better than GL2. It looks good, it is not too large not too small. No carrying handle though πŸ™‚

    in reply to: A Few Questions About HD…I’m New to making videos… #182811
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    CannibalisticWolf Wrote:

    I noticed HD is wide screen and is 16:9 I believe and SD is 4:3. Does this matter? or can all this stuff be converted? Because I would like the picture quality of the HD, but I don’t really like the wide-screen.

    1) HD is 16:9
    2) 4:3 is SD
    3) SD is not necessarily 4:3

    in reply to: End result grainy DVD. #171579
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    I’ve seen a really simple explanation why DV footage may be OK, but downconverted to MPEG-2 may suck. Why professional movies look good in 5Mbps MPEG-2, while amateur video suck at 10Mbps.

    The point was, that the better the picture, the smoother colors, the narrower color and contrast range, the less detail, the less noise, the less shake, etc., then the less bitrate is required to compress it without noticeable artifacts. The proverbial shallow DOF plays its role here too, because scenes with low detail compress well. For bad, noisy, shaky, highly-detailed video with long DOF there may be not enough bitrate to downconvert it to MPEG-2.

    Therefore the answer is: shoot better video at the first place. The video may look ok in 25Mbps DV bitrate, but in 9 or 6 Mbps MPEG-2 it falls into macroblocks.


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    in reply to: Aspiring Flim Maker. Any advice on a good 3CCD camcorder? #179154
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    Spencer Stewart Wrote:

    It sounds like a good camera for its price. I think my church has one of these.
    But for someone who wants to make films, films, you would want a lot more manual control. Something you’ll want to grow familiar with is manipulating the depth of field, the relations between shutter speed and aperture size, and other somewhat advanced techniques. Also shot composition and lighting are important to have strength in.

    If I were you though, I would probably go for a Canon HV20 or the Sony HDR series. I think there’s a lot more going for those cameras than the panasonic.

    HV20 (~$1000) + 35mm adapter (~1000) + matte box, follow focus, rails, etc. (~500) + lights + dolly + mics == ~$3000

    birdcat Wrote:

    I heartily apologize – I did not even realize that Panasonic offered a sub $1000 three chip camera.

    Current Panasonic GS320 has 3CCD and costs ~$500, but has no mic input. I would search for a used GL2, it is possible to get one for ~$1000. It is 3CCD, has good manual controls. The downside: it’s not HD; no real widescreen, just cuts off top/bottom pixels and blows up the image. HV20 has bigger chip, but it is one CMOS chip, not three.


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    in reply to: 720p HD on non-HD dvd player #182502
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    dnathan Wrote:

    I’ve read that if HD shoot is rendered in 720p and burned to a normal DVD, the HD quality will be there on a normal DVD player, and that the only downfall is that you get about 15 minutes. Can anyone provide the technical side of this and/or feesability? I don’t mind burning several DVDs if I can get the quality I’m after.

    Only if the player specifically supports HD formats like WMV-HD or Divx-HD. In theory, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats can also be supported using traditional DVD transport, but I don’t think this will ever be implemented by anyone. Manufacturers of players have to pay royalty fees for every device sold, so creating a sub-$200 player that uses standard DVD transport but is able to play disks with HD-DVD/Blu-Ray data layout is not commercially sensible. There won’t be any significant number of DVDs with HD-DVD/Blu-Ray data layout anyway.

    So again, your best bet is playing WMV-HD or Divx-HD files off a regular data DVD. Look for players that explicitly support this format and bitrate. There are few of these available, search at divx.com.

    Standard DVD players (and I mean, as standard as they come) will NOT play HD files.

    compusolver Wrote:

    Even if you could somehow put the "quality" onto the DVD, you couldn’t get it into your TV/monitor because there are no connections that would carry the proper signals except those made for hi-def, which naturally don’t connect to standard DVD players.

    There are a lot of sub-$100 players that have HDMI output or hi-def component output.


    Michael, Canon Elura User Pages

    in reply to: Canon GL2 picture quality issues #187561
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    travis_h Wrote:

    One thing that I am wondering about is if my computer is the problem. Is it possible that I do not have a good enough video card or something? I have a Dell notebook that is only two years old.

    I don’t know what exactly do you mean by picture not being clean. In regards to computer, the first thing you have to do is to calibrate your screen. The easiest way of doing that is buying a Spyder2express by Datacolor. I got mine for only $60 at Costco. The included program will automatically calibrate your computer monitor. With additional software that is available for free from the Net you will be able to calibrate your TV as well.


    Michael, Canon Elura User Pages

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