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Old August 5th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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What should I shoot 4:3 or 16:9?

I have a video for TV and for hd projection - what is the best way to shoot it? Since I have already shoot some stuff in 16:9 (native) can I still convert for TV?
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Old August 5th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #2
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you can just just zoom and crop 16:9 HD footage in a 4:3 SD timline.
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Old August 6th, 2006, 06:46 PM   #3
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I am still going to run into trouble is the action is outside the frame. Will the TV expand my footage, or should I put black bars to be safe?
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Old August 6th, 2006, 09:06 PM   #4
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just mark off your lcd with 4:3 safe lines so you know you can crop it in post.
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Old August 6th, 2006, 09:48 PM   #5
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I can't see why anyone would shoot native 4:3 anymore these days unless they're delivering their footage in 4:3 only. Also, shooting 4:3 on a camera with native 16:9 sensors loses more resolution than if you were to crop the footage to 4:3 in post.

Shoot 16:9 -- you gain lots of added flexibility.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #6
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Hi there

HD and HDV is native 16:9 ... so I can't imagine an HD projection going out in 4:3.
On the Z1 you can only shoot HDV in 16:9. It will output SD 4:3 if you wish. So if you are delivering 4:3 SD you can shoot in HDV and downconvert in camera...

I however would check out with the people using your stuff as I would be very surprised if they want HD in 4:3.

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Old August 7th, 2006, 07:10 AM   #7
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David if you edit with Vegas or Premiere Pro you can crop a 4x3 with keyframes and follow the action that way. I have used this even make it look like a two camera shoot in 4x3 SD if you like, though don't zoom in too much and your focus must be spot on in HDV.

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It's like shooting HDV, capturing and cutting in HDV and down-converting. Better quality for a DV version, plus an HDV ready to rock and roll once the hi def DVD players drop.

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