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Old July 21st, 2003, 06:50 AM   #1
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We try to get our DV film looking like cinema footage, but what non DV cameras get this look? What do (or did) film makers use at the moment. Is it 8mm or 16mm or 35mm?
I'm interested in maybe purchasing a second hand cinema camera to work with. I know the problem would be to get the footage onto my PC however.
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Old July 21st, 2003, 07:47 AM   #2
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If you're editing on a PC, it'll be much more cost effective to buy a DV camera.

With traditional film stock, you'd have to buy multiple reels of stock, shoot it as best you can, then pay some company to digitize it for you (pray they did a good job :) ). From there you'd do your editing, and then what? Transfer it back to film stock?

Studios use 35mm. Low budget folk use 8mm or 16mm, but I've never bothered getting into it. It's quite costly compared to DV. I'm not sure how used 8mm or 16mm cameras hold up in price vs. DV cams.
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