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In Topic: Best alternative to HD

27 June 2006 - 06:12 PM

I think it depends on what you're looking for.

For sharpness, I think there is a slight improvement when shooting HD and then downconverting to SD. Lots of variables here, but the Sony HC1 does a pretty good job on the downconversion, IMO.

HDV does show more artifacting than DV due to its MPEG-2 compression. The artifacting shows up whether you playback in HD or SD and came be a bit severe when there is a lot of motion on screen.

In Topic: Growing pains with Sony DCR TRV 900

20 June 2006 - 03:41 PM

"Grainy" and "focus is not crisp" just don't sound right for the TRV900. You might consider taking it back to the service center and talking to them about your concerns. Or if you can find someone near you with another TRV900, you might compare the two to see if there is something wrong with your unit.

It does make sense that the TRV30 will look a bit sharper with more vibrant color... but the difference should be fairly subtle.

To make a sweeping generalization, consumer camcorders tend to have the color saturation and sharpness boosted so they appear crisper and more vibrant when someone is browsing through camcorders at the electronics shop.

This saturation and sharpness boost is not always desirable during post production (editing) and so higher end cameras (or cameras that aspire to be higher end) tend to appear more muted in comparison and often give users the ability to customize the signal that gets recorded to tape.

Still, I'd have the TRV900 checked.

In Topic: Growing pains with Sony DCR TRV 900

19 June 2006 - 07:48 PM

Hi. How does the camera perform if you use it on land outside of the housing? Does it suffer from any of the same problems?

I'm just wondering if there's something wrong with the camcorder itself, or maybe something like the housing's port, conversion lens, filter, etc.

In Topic: I know nothing about Video, wish to purchase

15 June 2006 - 08:04 PM

Here are a couple of files that you can download off Sanyo's Japanese site for the DMX-C6 model:

http://www.sanyo-dsc...ample_c6_01.zip (3.8MB)

http://www.sanyo-dsc...ample_c6_02.zip (3.3MB)

The web page is here: http://www.sanyo-dsc...mple/index.html

I saw some underwater footage from their HD model at last year's Interbee in Tokyo. Looked very nice for such a tiny camera. Samples from the DMX-HD1:

http://www.sanyo-dsc...mple_hd1_01.zip (7.7MB)

http://www.sanyo-dsc...mple_hd1_02.zip (7.3MB)

http://www.sanyo-dsc...mple_hd1_03.zip (16.1MB)

The web page is here: http://www.sanyo-dsc...mple/index.html

I haven't looked at any of these samples yet, but I'm going to check them out from home. ;)

In Topic: $800-1000 for camcorder what should it be?

04 June 2006 - 03:30 PM

Right now the options for High Def output are:

- Write it back to tape and use your camcorder as a playback deck
- Play it off your computer
- Burn it to HD DVD or Blu-Ray (just becoming available now)
- Make an HD Divx DVD

Otherwise you can just downres it to SD. To my eyes material originally shot on HD and converted to SD will often look marginally better than material originally shot in SD. There are a lot of variables though, so generalizations are hard to make.

Just a comment about the HC3... It has no mic input. Since wedding ceremonies rarely use PA systems, I hope the videographer gets really, really close to be able to pick up the dialog. Video with only background murmur and no main dialog is a real bummer.