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Vic Noseworthy
Has AVCHD quality improved in last couple years?
on Jul 29, 2011 at 12:07:44 pm

Hi folks!
I'm considering purchasing a new camera and am wondering whether to go with HDV or AVCHD. I love the workflow afforded by the latter. However, I suspect I'd get better quality with HDV, since (from what I've read) it uses less compression. I currently have an AVCHD camera (an inexpensive Canon HF10) which I purchased a couple of years ago, but the signal seems a bit weak by the time I've finished editing and put it on DVD. I'm wondering would my final product have a stronger signal with one of the newer, 3-chip AVCHD cameras (such as the HMC150). In other words, has AVCHD technology gotten better over the last two years? Any thoughts?
(Note: when I say the signal seems a bit weak, what I mean is that when I watch the final production on DVD, the image seems as though it's about to start to shudder/twitch... though it, for the most part, holds together. I wonder if this is because I'm starting with an AVCHD file... and if I'd get a more robust image if I used HDV).
Thanks so very much for your input/advice! FYI: Using MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express.
Vic


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Guy McLoughlin
Re: Has AVCHD quality improved in last couple years?
on Jul 29, 2011 at 1:23:07 pm

There is a big difference between professional AVCHD cameras like the Panasonic HMC-150, AC-130, AC-160, Sony NX5U, and the consumer AVCHD cameras.

Professional AVCHD beats HDV by a mile, but you have to know what you are doing.

Also, there are some very good high end consumer AVCHD cameras that produce a very high quality image that is close in quality to the Pro cameras: Canon G-10, Canon XA-10, Panasonic TM-700, Panasonic TM-900, Sony CX700V, Sony CX560V

One thing to keep in mind is that all blu-ray discs use AVCHD encoding for video, so proper AVCHD video can be about as good as it gets for playback.


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Vic Noseworthy
Re: Has AVCHD quality improved in last couple years?
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:36:49 pm

Thanks very much, Guy. That helps me a lot in deciding which way to go. I feel like HDV is on the way out, technologically (though, still a high quality format). I don't want to buy "old" technology, and I really like the workflow of AVCHD (log and transfer is fast and easy). Thanks very much, again. Looks like I'll be going with AVCHD!


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Noah Kadner
Re: Has AVCHD quality improved in last couple years?
on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:14:54 pm

HDV is pretty much out- AVCHD is definitely the modern day format. And it's been improving and will continue to, for example-

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1107/11071105avchd2p0.asp

Noah

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