Shooting in 720p
Posted 27 September 2005 - 02:02 PM
What's the major advantage of shooting with a F900 or other camera that does 1080p or better if it has to be downconverted to 720p anyway? I'm talking major advantages here. I realize downconverting still looks better than upconverting and probably better than media filmed in native resolution, and I know that colors will probably be slightly nicer, and of course lenses and DOF issues, but if the film isn't going to make it to a theatrical release, why not shoot in DVD's native resolution?
Advantages: cheaper camera, no expensive deck needed (I think it lets you do firewire out straight to your computer), easier to edit
Has anybody considered this?
Posted 29 September 2005 - 01:57 PM
HOWEVER! Resolution is not the be-all and end-all. Actually I would suggest it is one of the more minor issues when talking about overall picture quality (in this context). With a pro-sumer camera, you get a cheap lens. The cameras dynamic range is very compromised leading to nasty clipped hilights etc. So even if you down converted to compressed SD for DVD (DVD is compressed by over 30x from even uncompressed SD) you will still see the difference between an original shot on a prosumer camera and a professional camera or even film camera.
Baraka Post Production
Posted 29 September 2005 - 07:38 PM
Posted 29 September 2005 - 08:40 PM
I believe that DVD's horizontal resolution is at or around 720, but the vertical is 480, no?
DVD resolution is 720x480 progressive. Which means it's 480P. Anamorphic DVD resolution "unsqueezed" has an effective resolution of 853x480.
720P has a resolution of 1280x720.
Posted 02 November 2005 - 02:51 PM