A friend of mine is lending me his HVX200 for a project i am working on and I am a little confused on what would be the best format to shoot in.
The video will be finalized as a video projection and run off of a computer so shooting in P mode would seem to be the best. I have also found when I shot with my old Panasonic that 30 or 60 fps was much better for projects that are not migrating to film or television.
Would anyone be able to recommend the best (highest quality) format. Right now I am thinking about 720p/60p or 1080i/30p.
Some will argue that 1080 yields to better quality, and while you may notice a slight difference on a very large screen, chroma keying is the only reason I can think of to have to deal with the extra data. 30P is also a good choice, though it will fill up a card much faster than 24PN.
According to Jan Crittenden (known as the Panasonic Queen to some) and Barry Green (known as the HVX200 guru to many) the HVX operates internally at 1920x1080. All the other formats are than processed from there. For lack of a better way of saying it, the HVX down converts its native 1920x0180 in order to produce 720p.
A lot of HVX users feel shooting at 1080pA24 produces the highest quality images.
I guess what I was trying to say is that you have to balance between a quality difference that 98% of the viewers would not be able to find even putting 2 frames side by side on a 12' screen vs a huge penalty in file size and system requirements. But again, I agree that will benefit from it in compositing.