16:9 versus the Std 4:3 recording? at DVinfo.net
DV Info Net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon GL Series DV Camcorders

Canon GL Series DV Camcorders
Canon GL2, GL1 and PAL versions XM2, XM1.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 24th, 2008, 12:37 PM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 339
16:9 versus the Std 4:3 recording?

Exactly a week ago I bought my first wide screen lcd-tv.. a Sony M-Series class Bravia 32 inch. It dawned on me or should I more accurately state the fact that it was discovered by surprise that the GL-2 can also record in 16:9 mode.

Hence the launch of this new thread as this may open new opportunities and horizons.

1) With this parameter enabled will the resulting footage completely fill the screen?

2) How will it look when displayed & played back on the Bravia as the max spec of the LCDTV also is 720p? Will it look nice? Is grain a factor or will it have a stretched and thin look?

3) How will the GL-2 16:9 natively shot footage quality directly compare to standard 4:3 footage which I've been shooting for about 6 years? The same, better, slightly less or significantly and noticeably less?

4) Is is possible to upgrade/upconvert existing 4:3 video to a 16:9 aspect ratio so it will fit on and display properly with comparable quality to the original?

Or is trying to upgrade from 4:3 to 16:9 a waste of time due to loss of quality?

I have various versions of Premiere. Maybe there is a excellent stand-alone app that works.

Bottom line is I'm wondering to stick with the customary 4:3 mode or to go with 16:9 mode in the future?

Thanks all for your valuable thoughts, insights, instruction and suggestions on this topic.
Bruce Pelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 27th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #2
Inner Circle
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 3,048

I shoot with a gl2 and an xl2, primarily in wide screen, progressive. I have a 54 inch plasma screen.

What I do these days is I shoot the gl2 with 4:3 with the wide screen guides on. then in post I change the 4:3 to wide screen. In Premiere I just crop it, in Vegas you just make the aspect ratios the same (if I recall correctly, I forget the exact term for it). When I play the mixed footage on my tv practically nobody can tell the difference between them. Your tv can usually adjust your screen size, if you enlarge it to much you will start to see more grain and it also crops picture out. I personally have not had some of the problems others have mentioned along these lines.
If you do a search you may find some of the prior discussions along these lines.
Dale W. Guthormsen
Dale Guthormsen is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY USA

Scan Computers Int. Ltd.
+44 0871-472-4747
Bolton, Lancashire UK

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon GL Series DV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:04 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2021 The Digital Video Information Network