SD kitty porn

posted by Jeff | Friday, March 17, 2006, 9:18 AM | comments: 3

One of the benefits of my camera is its format flexibility. I assumed that it could shoot pretty amazing standard definition video as well, seeing as how it's 3-CCD and can record in DVCPRO and DVCPRO50. So again, I decided to shoot with mostly default settings using just the Vidled and natural light. Here are the results at two resolutions, compressed using H.264

http://www.popw.com/video/dv25cats320.mov
http://www.popw.com/video/dv25cats640.mov

These were shot in 480/30p, which is "regular" TV, only instead of interlacing each frame, the lines are scanned progressively. This results in a somewhat sharper image when you plan to deliver via the Web or display on nice LCD's. This is really beautiful SD without even trying hard. Imagine if I actually set up lights and such.

I'm getting frustrated with Avid. It apparently doesn't handle 1080/30p, which is extremely annoying. Xpress Pro apparently won't import 1080/24p either according to the specs, indicating you have to capture it in the higher Avid products. I don't get that since I'm not capturing anything, just copying the files from the camera. I've got it to do 720/24p, but I intend to shoot film at 1080/24p. The thing still bombs frequently, and I'm not sure if my hardware is up to the task either.

The alternative of course is to get a Mac and Final Cut Pro. They haven't released the binaries yet for the Intel Macs, but they should be out this month. If I could get away with buying a new Mini, that'd be great, but otherwise I'd need the more expensive Macbook or iMac. My little video project is getting very expensive, very quickly!

Still, I am SO excited at what I've captured so far, even though none of it has been anything that cool. Tonight I was thinking about shooting my CoasterDynamix coaster, overcranked, to see what it looked like at one-third normal speed.


Comments

8dot3, March 17, 2006, 2:44 PM #

I think I mentioned this before, Premiere Pro is a very good alternative for a Windows user, does everything you need and is about $300 cheaper. Download the demo and at least give it a shot before you drop a grand (at least) on a new computer and another $1200 on software.

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/main.html

Jeff, March 17, 2006, 3:49 PM #

No, Premier is crap. It really is. The rendering alone would kill me, and the interface absolutely sucks. It also requires 3rd party apps to use DVCPRO HD.

FreewheelinJoe, March 17, 2006, 8:33 PM #

Cool cats.


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