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Is HD Video to Film Conversion Possible?


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#1 Shurajit Gopal

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 09:16 PM

Hello,

I really appreciate your taking time to read through my posting. Thank you.

I was wondering if I shot a movie or a documentary in High Definition with a JVC GY-HD100 camera and edit it on an AVID PRO HD System, if I would be able to convert with an excellent professional quality to 35mm or Panavision Film for theater projection. Is this possible?

I am sure there are a whole lot of experienced Cinematographers like you who should be able to advise me. I thank you, once again, for your time and look forward to hearing from you. Please copy your posting to my email address Shur007@gmail.com

Thanks and regards,
Shur
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#2 Max Jacoby

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 03:01 AM

You can transfer anything including old VHS footage and films shot on your phone to 35mm film. But how good it will look depends on how good your source format is. So with your JVC camera you will never get 'excellent professional quality' i.e. it will never look like something shot on film.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:44 AM

For a documentary, though, it's not necessary that it look like it was shot on film, particularly not 35mm. Content is king in a documentary; if the subject matter and filmmaking is compelling enough, audiences will accept pretty low-end video -- look at "Hoop Dreams" for example, or "Spellbound" (shot on consumer DV.) Some of these DV-shot documentaries have won Oscars.

With HD, the technical quality has improved with documentaries though -- I saw "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and all the interviews appeared to have been shot in 24P HD. Same for Al Gore's lectures in "An Inconvenient Truth". Does make the viewing experience a little more pleasurable than the typical DV-shot documentary, so I see HD as a boon to documentaries seeking theatrical distribution.

For narrative stuff normally shot on 35mm film, though, it may be better to think of 24P HDV as a step up from prosumer 24P DV, not a substitute for 35mm.
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