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Old September 11th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #1
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blocky party footage from HDV codec,rolling shutter or other?

I've had my V1 for about a year and shoot alot on it. When filming a recent series of dance parties and later viewing the captured footage in premiere, alot of the images were blocky as if the tape head were dirty (though their not). So Can HDV not handle the combination of stage lights and smoke machines, strobes, etc.... the footage looked just terrible-thought I was capturing off an old VHS tape. Or could it be the codec I am capturing with in Premiere? I couldnt see it when viewing the footage off the Camera LCD.Is this just the reality of MPEG2 codec? Any ideas?
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Old September 11th, 2008, 05:50 AM   #2
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if you're not seeing it in playback on the camera then the fault lies with the capyure / codec.

which vers prem?

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Old September 11th, 2008, 06:14 AM   #3
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Can attach some sample jpg? or you may take a look CMOS Rolling Shutter

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Old September 11th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #4
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Probably pixellization / bandwidth starvation of the MPEG2 encoder due to the strobe lights (as mentioned in the thread pointed to by K.C. Luke), which I too have observed with flash photography. The MPEG2 blocks are small in HDV, which might explain why you didn't see them on the LCD.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #5
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I am using Premiere CS3... and have since downloaded the 3.1.1 update as i was getting red frames.
I will try to upload a screen capture. Do you think this could be eliminated if I used an intermediate codec like cineform. I had read on this forum of a similar problem someone had... and it was explained that the color format of HDV (4:2:1) is to blame for this.. Whereas cineform can convert the color into 4:2:2. Has anyone had experience with this.

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Old September 11th, 2008, 04:20 PM   #6
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"Do you think this could be eliminated if I used an intermediate codec like cineform":
- If you have blocks all over the picture, like periodically with the strobe lights (bandwidth starvation): no.
- If you have blocks staying continuously, only on the saturated red parts of the picture (4:2:0 chroma subsampling): would most probably improve a lot, but better check with the free trial before committing.

Best to post a frame grab to avoid overtheorizing.
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