I'm new here, and I find this site very helpful and I want to ask you guys a question.
I have a workstation with these performances:
Dual Quad core 2.8ghz ,
8 GB RAM
GeForce 8800 Ultra
Vista Ultimate x64
AJA XENA LHe
and vtr SONY HVR-1500 HDV
we use a CANON XL H1 camera
So I wanted to ask you is it better to shoot my material in HDV and capture it via firewire, or should I shoot SD and capture it 4:2:2 uncompressed via aja xena,
Because at the end of the day I have to export it in SD 720:576 because here at my country we don't have HD televisions
So which is better quality SD 4:2:2, or HDV 1440:1080 scaled to 720:576
Does HDV give 4:2:2 colors.
[Agon Nitaj]"So which is better quality SD 4:2:2, or HDV 1440:1080 scaled to 720:576
Does HDV give 4:2:2 colors."
Well, that is a loaded and often asked question.
It probably isn't intuitive, but actually HDV will probably edit a bit easier than 4:2:2 SD (NOT DV, which is 4:1:1). The nice thing about shooting HDV is that you can shoot on tape and store it as opposed to going directly into the workstation and having only data raw footage...and it's portable and easy to use.
Also...even though your own country doesn't have HD, having your footage stored for later use as HD is an excellent way to make it useful in the future.