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post #1 of 6 Old 09-30-2006, 02:11 PM - Thread Starter
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On all the clips I've seen online, the resolution bump on these camcorders is not readily apparrant to my eyes.

Yes, in some cases I am looking at recompressed video so there's a bump right there, but other clips I have grabbed have definately been lacking something in the "wow thats HD" department.

I've owned a Sony HC90 for a little more than a year now, its native 16:9 SD, and it does a fine job, but I have been tempted to court the HC3.

Trouble is, on all the videos I've seen, particularly ones that are NOT 'extreme close ups', I'm not seeing HD. I'm seeing what looks like standard HD.

Am I missing something here, is there a noticible "Wow" difference shooting HDV versus SD that just doesn't translate to recompressed web videos? IS there any raw footage out there that can be downloaded?

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It's something you notice when looking on a hd display. HD(V) comes into its own on a 1080 display against upscaled sd.
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Am I missing something here, is there a noticible "Wow" difference shooting HDV versus SD that just doesn't translate to recompressed web videos?
You are not alone in this matter. I bought a JVC HDV camcorder (apparently it's only 720/30p) and the motion artifacts on faster pans or faster moving objects are atrocious I end up using that camcorder only as a miniDV camcorder :p

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I have a Sony HDR-HC1 and can't imagine using it in SD mode, or using an SD camcorder for that matter. They look fine on standard TV sets but with an HD monitor the difference is striking. HD fotage looks more like professional 3 chip cameras rather than inexpensive consumer cameras when in HD mode on an HD monitor.
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I've owned the HC3 for a few weeks now. There is a huge difference in quality HDV vs regular DV when viewed on my 92" screen (DV material is almost unwatchable). It is closer to broadcast HD. I now use my regular DV camcorder to download/record my old DV tapes. I am not going back to recording in DV.
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Since most of my TVs are now HD, I think its time to move to HD. :)

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