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Why do people say wide shots "fall apart" in Mini-DV?


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#1 Jim Feldspar

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:30 AM

Somebody wrote this about a week ago in another thread but I asked and haven't heard back about
why he wrote:

"and this thing (DVX-100) can handle itself against alot of the "big-boys". prob is, with most DV, wide
shots fall apart, paticularly day-exteriors, on the big screen they look awful, and i've had to shoot
some 16mm or s16 for those scenes (usually a stock with a 200asa or higher)"

I asked : Why don't the wide shots hold up? How about with the HVX-200, particularly shooting 720
24P HD, would you happen to know? Thanks.
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#2 Josh Bass

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:39 AM

It just means that you have 720x480 pixels trying to resolve a whole hell of a lot of detail, in a wide shot, and it just can't do it, once blown up large enough. With a closeup, you're seeing a lot "less" of whatever it is you're shooting (a face, an object). Wide shots tend to look kinda fuzzy on the big screen. A wide shot of a person walking along a street, for example----that person's going to look like a line or two of pixels, not a human, if the shot's wide enough. Make sense?

I saw both "Tadpole" and "28 Days Later" in the theater, and I can see what people mean.

No opinion on your HVX question, sorry.
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#3 Jim Feldspar

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:16 PM

It just means that you have 720x480 pixels trying to resolve a whole hell of a lot of detail, in a wide shot, and it just can't do it, once blown up large enough. With a closeup, you're seeing a lot "less" of whatever it is you're shooting (a face, an object). Wide shots tend to look kinda fuzzy on the big screen. A wide shot of a person walking along a street, for example----that person's going to look like a line or two of pixels, not a human, if the shot's wide enough. Make sense?

I saw both "Tadpole" and "28 Days Later" in the theater, and I can see what people mean.

No opinion on your HVX question, sorry.


Thanks. I saw those two movies on DVD. I'll have to find something showing in a theater
that was shot on Mini-DV and see.


"that person's going to look like a line or two of pixels, not a human, if the shot's wide enough."

Hmmm, more close-ups here we come!
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#4 Brian Wells

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:32 PM

I think it is because of the 1/3" sensors... There are a lot of wide shots on DVD that look awesome because they were shot on larger formats (35mm, 2/3" HD, etc.) Wide shots just don't look that good on MINIDV.
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