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Evan Thomas Phillips
Camera for Chroma Key
on Feb 9, 2010 at 7:26:15 pm

I'm going to be filming material for a Sci-Fi webseries later this year that's going to involve some green screen work. I need to buy an HD camera for this. I have to decide between solid state or HDV (budgetary limitations). Current HDV contender is the Sony HVR-V1U (has true 24p mode) and the current solid state contender is the Panasonic AG-HMC150 (records AVCHD to SD-Card media). Has anyone tried to do green screen work with either of these cameras? Can anyone recommend a camera for green screen work between $2k and $4k?
Thanks.


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John Fishback
Re: Camera for Chroma Key
on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:25:29 pm

If any of the cameras have 4:2:2 color space that's preferable. The more color information you have the easier it is to pull a key. That said, you can achieve good keys with most pro and semi-pro cameras. The lighting of the green screen is critical. Search the Cow and you'll find volumes on this subject.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Camera for Chroma Key
on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:38:23 pm

And shoot the green elements at the same frame rates and settings as the rest of the show; you do NOT want to have to cross-convert later.


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