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Stephen hoyal
should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 2, 2008 at 1:03:16 am

Hi all,

I have the hvx200. I am doing a family doc. I already asked in the past if I should film it in 720p or 1080p. I noticed at best buy and circuit city that a lot if not most of the tv sets are 1080p. They said that they are selling more 1080p. Also, I have already shot some stuff in 720p. I have been told in the past that it is better to shoot with 720p with this camera and then up convert to 1080p later. But should I shoot with 1080p and change my timeline to 1080p. Has anybody done any real hard test to find out weather this is true that you should shoot in 720 vers. 1080p. In my other thread people mentioned to shoot in 720p my question then is why. I quess I need to understand this subject of 720p and 1080p better. Is 720p going continue to be what the broadcasters use. How much better is 1080 p. What I mean is how much better is the 960 by 1080 then the 1280 by 1080.

Thanks,

Steve

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Richard Harrington
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 2, 2008 at 2:15:16 am

Umm... loaded question

720P looks fine... most sets play both...

what do you really intend to do with the footage> IE how is it going to be played back? blu-ray? Apple TV?



Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, and ATS:iWork


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Stephen hoyal
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 2, 2008 at 6:50:44 pm

well, eventually blue ray but I think the family wants it a sd right now.



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Richard Harrington
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 3, 2008 at 2:45:56 am

Then stay with what you started with

1080P adds another level of hardware overhead with drives and such

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, and ATS:iWork


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Noah Kadner
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 3, 2008 at 10:17:40 pm

[Stephen hoyal] "
I have the hvx200. I am doing a family doc. I already asked in the past if I should film it in 720p or 1080p. I noticed at best buy and circuit city that a lot if not most of the tv sets are 1080p. They said that they are selling more 1080p. Also, I have already shot some stuff in 720p. I have been told in the past that it is better to shoot with 720p with this camera and then up convert to 1080p later. But should I shoot with 1080p and change my timeline to 1080p. Has anybody done any real hard test to find out weather this is true that you should shoot in 720 vers. 1080p. In my other thread people mentioned to shoot in 720p my question then is why. I quess I need to understand this subject of 720p and 1080p better. Is 720p going continue to be what the broadcasters use. How much better is 1080 p. What I mean is how much better is the 960 by 1080 then the 1280 by 1080."


I'd go 720p 24pN for a couple of reasons. 1- 720 is the camera's native resolution. 2- at 720 24pN you have access to the widest possible array of frame speeds up to 60fps for the highest possible slow motion. Not in 1080. So there ya go. And it uprezzes fine in post if needed.

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Stephen hoyal
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 8, 2008 at 4:47:52 pm

Yes, but what formate is going to give me the best resolution for interviews. Again this will probably play on a 1080i TV since that is the direction that Circuit City, Best Buy and others are going.





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Bob Mark
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jan 11, 2009 at 4:53:45 pm

Actually, the chips in the HVX200 are only 950x540. Not true HD.

Bob


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Kevin Randall
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:27:34 pm

I agree with Noah regarding the flexibility that 720p affords. However, he is mistaken in regard to the native resolution of the HVX. No matter which recording format is chosen, the images generated by the chips ALL start out at 1920 x 1080, progressive; the camera is incapable of doing anything else. The *recording* resolution for 1080 is 1280 x 1080; for 720 it is 960 x 720. Images are downrezzed for resolutions below 1080; they are NEVER uprezzed. It has been said that recording in 1080, then downrezzing to 720 in postproduction, can result in slightly better resolution (compared to recording in 720) due to the increased horizontal resolution in the 1080 format.

The idea that the HVX is 720 native is an unfortunate misconception that is widely circulated, and seems nearly impossible to eradicate.


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Stephen hoyal
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
on Jul 11, 2008 at 6:38:20 pm

Kevin,

I am confused then. I think that you are saying that film it in 1080i for the best resolution. I think that you are also saying 720p is actually shot at 1280 and 1080p and then down converted. My question is this. I am working on a family project. I have shot a lot of the interviews in 1080i but have been editing in final cut in 720. I want the best overall resolution. People of have mentioned to edited in 720p and then up convert it to 1080p. Your saying that the stuff is already 1080 and then down converted to 720. So when you up convert being digital will their be that much of a loss in picture quality.

Thanks

Steve



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