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Old April 8th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Mixing HD and SD Footage

I have to shoot some footage with a lipstick camera for a couple of shots and then I want to shot the rest in HDVwith the Hv10. How bad of an Idea is it to shoot on one tape verses two different tapes. Exampl 1 : HD and SD on one tape. example 2: Have and HD Tape then a 2nd SD tape. I do not want to break timecode, but I do not want to have this be a pain in the you know what to capture. I know if I just record a some extra footage I can cue back up to the last point to fix the timecode breaks but if I do not have to do that that would be great. Also any play back issues that anyone have had mixing footage on the same tape? The safe bet is obviously is to have two tapes. I just don't have the camera so I can not test this out right know so I thought I would ask here. thanks for all your help.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #2
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I have to shoot some footage with a lipstick camera for a couple of shots and then I want to shot the rest in HDVwith the Hv10. How bad of an Idea is it to shoot on one tape verses two different tapes. Exampl 1 : HD and SD on one tape. example 2: Have and HD Tape then a 2nd SD tape. I do not want to break timecode, but I do not want to have this be a pain in the you know what to capture. I know if I just record a some extra footage I can cue back up to the last point to fix the timecode breaks but if I do not have to do that that would be great. Also any play back issues that anyone have had mixing footage on the same tape? The safe bet is obviously is to have two tapes. I just don't have the camera so I can not test this out right know so I thought I would ask here. thanks for all your help.
NLEs only have one capture 'module'/device/plugin active at a time, DV or HDV, so I seriously doubt you could capture mixed DV/HDV in a single pass. Even multiple passes the NLE may get very confused; from what I saw the firewire bus appears to reset a bit when the camcorder plays back or ffwd's past the different format. (which makes sense, since DV camcorder vs HDV device are different to the computer OS let alone the NLE.)
The timecode may well break as well since the metadata is different. I don't see the point of trying to mix the two.

Strongly suggest to use two tapes if at all possible to save headaches.
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