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Old April 3rd, 2003, 08:58 AM   #1
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MX500EN video quality?

What is the difference between video captured between frame and interlaced mode? Is frame mode better in taking video shot?
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Old April 3rd, 2003, 04:41 PM   #2
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"Normal" is interlaced. That's how it comes out on your TV. The video is captured (and played back) in fields, odd field, even field, odd etc---50 fields per second. Fields are 1/2 frames. Progressive (frame mode) captures an odd and even field at the same time as 1 full frame---25 frames per second. When you capture in progressive, and upload to your computer via firewire, in info remains intact as frames. However, when you play it back via AV or S-video out, the cam splits up the frames as fields. But since the footage was captured in frames and not fields, frame mode will look a bit choppy if there's movement in the video. Your answer: both modes capture great video, you just have to experiment and then decide which mode is appropiate for what. Personally, I use both, but for different things.
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Old April 3rd, 2003, 08:52 PM   #3
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Thank you, Frank.

As I read from different sources, such as magazine and website, saying that progressive is much better interlaced in DVD replay on TV, that is why I wonder if frame mode (progressive?) is better.

What if a captioned video is burned onto a DVD and play back on a normal TV? Is frame mode better as I know most movies are recorded in progressive mode?
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If you want to play back on a TV, just shoot interlaced (normal), not progressive. This will give you "smooth" playback because TV plays back in fields. But as I wrote above, see which mode you like better. Experiment. True HD TV is different, though. And I think Europe is doing the PAL/SECAM wide screen thing.
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