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Old September 14th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #1
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On plackback of HDV material will it be possible to downconvert so you you can obtain SD out of the camera
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Old September 14th, 2005, 09:41 PM   #2
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this is something I would like to know too...

As I'm considering my options on Cameras now, it is for the future. Editing systems and gear will take a while before the options are out there. I'm looking to shot HD but finish in SD, and then 4-5 years when HD is more popular, then I have my HD masters.
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Old September 14th, 2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what I was thinking, but a most of my work is wildlife filming I like the Canon interchangeable lenses.

If I shoot with this camera XLh1 but SD 16:9 will the quality be as good as the XL2
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Old September 15th, 2005, 06:40 AM   #4
 
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... and then 4-5 years when HD is more popular, then I have my HD masters.
But, Michael, many of us are concerned that the format will have changed in that length of time.

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Old September 15th, 2005, 06:59 AM   #5
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But, Michael, many of us are concerned that the format will have changed in that length of time.

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With the prices on HDV gear and the history of DV, I really don't think the format is going to be changed before 4-5 years. I know that technology goes faster everytime and I'm sure the tapeless approach of the Panasonic will reign in the future. But technology is also market driven. The HDV group will do the same as the DV and they will be making every single consumer camcorder in the HDV format for the following years and that will make the format last longer. The DV tapes are cheap and the mechanism is the same so I suppose the format might be a winner in the short term. The only bad thing about HDV is the mpeg compression.

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i think 1920x1080p will be the last great consumer format.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 03:53 AM   #7
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On plackback of HDV material will it be possible to downconvert so you you can obtain SD out of the camera
YES, it can.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 05:04 AM   #8
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But, Michael, many of us are concerned that the format will have changed in that length of time.

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I would suggest that even if the format has changed in that time you will still have far more future proofing with HDV masters shot on an XLH1, than SD masters shot on an XL1 or XL2.

Whatever camera you buy now will be out of date in 4-5 years (but some more than others!)
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