XL-1 / Which mode is better ? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog
Can't find it on the XL1 Watchdog site? Discuss it here.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 6th, 2003, 02:10 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Canton, GA 30114
Posts: 60
XL-1 / Which mode is better ?

Hello to XL-1 Users ! Question -- I have been fortunate to sell some footage to clients, but in this new age of HDTV shooting, which mode is better for me to shoot in when final format (producers-editors) is done -- normal movie mode, 16:9, or frame mode. Some clients say they will have to cut and past top and bottom of my footage in order to fit into Super 16, HDTV, etc. Which format from XL-1 will result in the best possible footage for them to consider buying (frame mode, 16:9, etc.) ?

Also - suggestions on which brand/length/pricing boom mic to buy to reach out for sound of wildlife, etc., which is what I shoot mostly ? Also - I am using mostly consumer tapes. Is it really better to use something like Sony PDVN-40 tapes versus TDK tapes ? Cost is certainly a factor ! Any help would be appreciated ! Thanks. Russ
__________________
Russ Gutshall
Russ Gutshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 6th, 2003, 09:31 PM   #2
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posts: 8,308
The Canon's 16:9 mode is not a real 16:9 mode. It just cuts the bottom and top off the picture. Shoot in whatever they seem to respond to best. If they like frame mode, shoot that.

If you are shooting wildlife, I would shoot regular mode, as it gives the most realistic look (IMHO).
If you want 16:9, you might as well do it in post. You will get the same results as in camera, but have the option of keeping it full resolution 4:3 if you want.
__________________
Need to rent camera gear in Vancouver BC?
Check me out at camerarentalsvancouver.com
Dylan Couper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 8th, 2003, 07:22 AM   #3
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Billericay, England UK
Posts: 4,711
I think you'll find that frame mode looses you about 20% of your vertical resolution, so beware of shooting in this mode for critical situations. A test is easy enough to do and video is a great teaching tool. Accurate, fast, repeatable, consistant, cheap. What more could you want from a teacher?

tom.
Tom Hardwick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 8th, 2003, 04:14 PM   #4
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Tickfaw, LA
Posts: 1,217
Try doing a search on on "shotgun" and you should get plenty on mics. Some people like the ATR835, others the MKE300, or K66/K6 (I think).

As far as tapes go it is more important to stay with one brand that to keep switching them up. I use the Panasonic DVM63??, I forget whether it is the MQ or PQ (I think MQ) are the better tapes.

If you want 16:9 Optex now makes a 16:9 anamorphic adapter that allows you to shoot without resolution loss.

Try searching on "frame mode" and you will get plenty on that subject. In short, a number of people suggest shooting in normal and using deinterlace in post production (Premiere does this).
__________________
Nathan Gifford
Southern Cyclist Magazine & Productions

For quick answers try our Search!
To see me and Rob Lohman click here
Nathan Gifford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2003, 08:18 AM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Chigasaki, Japan.
Posts: 1,660
I've shot a lot in both modes and as Dylan said "normal" will give you the most realistic look. Frame mode on the other hand gives you a smoother, look that is not as harsh. As far as I'm concerned the loss of resolution is not a concern if you are happy with the look. There is no point quibbling over specs and performance figures when all that really counts is if you like the look of your shots.

The best thing to do is go out and shoot a test scene in all the different modes and settings and see which you like the best. What I or someone else here likes could be totally different to what you like.

Most of all, enjoy.
Adrian Douglas is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:16 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network