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Wolf Austad
Re: Why shoot 720?
on Nov 7, 2011 at 8:17:15 pm

1080 mode on the HDX900 (and 2700 and 2000/2100) use 720 imager with a pixel shift to uprez to 1080. For certain situations this works just fine, for other situations, particularly certain directions of movements, the pixel shift uprez can create ugly artifacts. I don't get these artifacts when shooting in 720 with these cameras.

I've been in a 2K Film DI where (to my horror) they wanted to add a few shots with the HDX900 and also Varicam. The Varicam won hands down. Softer yes, but a lot less funny stuff going on.

The other situation is when detail enhancement becomes an issue, like f.ex. shooting greenscreen or you want to be extra careful with some skintones. Shooting 720P in those situations has for me rendered a more pleasing image with these cameras.

All of course depending on deliverables and what it's possible to explain to producers... ;-)

Aasulv Wolf Austad, fnf
Director of Photography
Los Angeles based

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