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Old May 4th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Canon GL2 Import at HD resolution

Hi all,

Been filming all week with my friends Canon GL2 its been in 16:9 and now i want to import the video from the DV tapes to my computer in a high resolution like 1280x720 but all it will give me is 720x480 in every program i try.

Why cant i import my video and edit it with a proper HD resolution like 1280x720. I dont want to have to up scale the reslution from the 720x480 when i publich the clip because it will just be low quality thats been stretched to a larger resolution.

I even tried window movie maker just to see if it would import in HD but all it gives me is the low resolution no high quality res.

Thanks any help please because i have no idea what to do.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #2
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DV footage, like the stuff from the GL2 has a resolution of 720x480 pixels. If you want to go to 1280x720 you'll need to do some scaling somewhere, your options are: convert to a HQ codec like ProRes AFTER importing, or scale the project at the end after editing.

You're going to need to import the DV as Standard Definition at least initially, then you can think about up-rezzing.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 02:51 AM   #3
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You can't import in High Definition because the Canon GL2 is not a High Definition camera.
It is strictly a Standard Definition camera, which in the NTSC scheme of things means 720 x 480.
The fact that the camera has an anamorphic widescreen (16x9) mode does not change that.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #4
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Why cant i import my video and edit it with a proper HD resolution like 1280x720. I dont want to have to up scale the reslution from the 720x480 ...
Unfortunately your only option is to capture / import at 720 x 480 and then upconvert to 1280. The GL2 is a standard definition (720 x 480) camcorder, no matter which aspect ratio you're shooting in. Whether it's 4:3 or 16:9, standard definition is all it can ever be unless you upconvert it to high definition in post. Hope this helps,
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Old May 7th, 2009, 03:30 PM   #5
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you'll need to do some scaling somewhere, your options are: convert to a HQ codec like ProRes AFTER importing, or scale the project at the end after editing.
Nate and the others are correct. And I would recommend you save yourself some drive space and wait to do the upres of your footage at or towards the end.

I, too, have been contemplating how to keep my GL2 relevant/useful in an HD world...
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