First, I am a newbie. Please understand that I do not have but limited CCD video technology information. I pose these questions as a newbie and you may have to steer my questions to something more specific. I hope this thread might serve as a ping-pong-ball for newbies to ask all their CCD questions. I had difficulty finding results online for these answers. Not saying things aren't available. I'm saying as a newbie sometimes the discussions become saturated with jargon and can be quickly confusing to the newbie masses. I simply hope to get my questions answered below from you that have a hands-on experience with technology in the last (assuming) ten years.
In advance,... thank you VERY much for your gentle criticism. I searched online for video forums. There are many. I chose Cinematography.com merely because from the various posts I observed, they were well written and offered fewer arguments and 'angry' profiles in which no one likes those folks anyways. So,... here I am. I look forward to learning from you all. In turn I hope to also post back and help in my stronger points as I learn hands-on.
Remember, this is trying to serve for us newbies. Some questions may seem trivial to you. However, they likely have reason for the newbie. Myself included.
1) Approximately when did CCD technology begin?
2) Did CCD technology replace what is termed 'old tube' technology?
3) I see chip sizes in CCD as (1/4" - 1/3" - 1/2" - 2/3"). If a camera boasts 2/3" chips,... does that mean it results in better color than a camera with (let's say) 1/2" chips? I'll further give an example. Looking at the Canon XL1s which states it has three 1/3" CCD chips. Comparing to the Sony DXC-537 which states it has three 2/3" CCD chips. I am trying to gain clarification on what really matters in the end. There is allot to gather in CCD technology. Merely looking for "3" CCD cameras is no longer enough. There are sizes to consider. I want to understand what a newbie needs to know when considering a 3CCD purchase for $1,000 or less. I know this may start a thread war on which cameras. Let's ignore what they are or the budget i'm suggesting. I'm merely trying to understand (in this case) why I would or would not want to buy the Sony 537 which has the 2/3" chips instead of the Canon XL1s that has only 1/3" chips.
4) How does light have implications to CCD? Please try and keep this semi-basic. I know there is likely a long scientific explanation. However, I am thinking along the lines of a fixed lighting shoot. Camera on a person sitting. Like a news camera man shooting a home owner in their kitchen. Do they take extra lights with them to 'fill' the kitchen? Or does the flourescent lights in kitchen ceiling cast that dreaded yellow effect? That's how i'm thinking at least. Something basic like that. If you want to elaborate further that's great. However, please at least help me out with the basics. This question is haunting me! LOL
Anything more you wish to elaborate on for a newbie's sake related to CCD video technology is great appreciated. I am certain this post will get allot of newbie views. I hope I am asking the right CCD questions. If there are more newbie questions relative to the CCD technology specifically, it probably would best serve for those questions to fall into this particular post.
However, I may be (then) violating board rules here. I do NOT want to do that. I have several other posts as a newbie that i'd like to understand. I'd be very appreciative if you could browse them as well and hopefully lend me some pro / semi-pro direction.
Edited by A Castle, 16 October 2009 - 09:30 PM.