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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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New HPX170 owner here. I have read Barry's book from cover to cover familarizing myself with the cam and shot a few test scenes. I am trying to dial it in for a Waterfalls documentary SD-DVD that I will be working on for the next year. I need some help on settings as I come from a DV format only background. I have experimented with 720/30pn in film cam mode with shutter on at 1/60 shutter speed as well as frame rate of 60 for slow-motion. Also experimented with some scene files. Does anyone have any experience with a similar project and would like to share some advice?

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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Mark - If you have no plans to use the footage in HD format, I would recommend that you record in DVCPRO 50. This codes to DVD very easily and the quality is excellent. I just recently made several DVDs from performances which I recorded in DVCPRO 50 at 720p 60 fps - the color was fabulous and every frame was sharp on individual examination. Converting from HD to SD is a problem, and I have yet to see any conversion that looks as good as the DVCPRO 50 to DVD. Good luck on your project.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 04:04 PM   #3
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Mark D.,
Thanks for your response. I am a little confused. You recommend shooting in DVCPRO50 format at 720p. The 720p option does not exist in the DVCPRO50 format because it is SD. The options range from 480i/60i down to 480i/24pa. What am I missing here?

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 11:20 PM   #4
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Mark W, you are right. 720p is only for HD. For SD, there is no such thing as 720p. So, Mark D. must have made a mistake here. DVCPRO50 is SD. I can't recommend anything for SD - because I am from the PAL world ... you need people who are more familiar with NTSC to tell you what the best setting for DVCPRO50 at NTSC SD.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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So sorry, Mark. You and TingSern are correct. DVCPRO 50 is a SD codec and there is no 720p. I shoot most of my material in HD at 720p 60 fps, and that fell in there by mistake. I do, however, still strongly recommend you use DVCPRO 50 for a DVD project - it works very well and gives much better color than any other DV mode, and again, HD is not that easy to convert to good-looking SD.
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