I currently own a Sony DCR-HC90 16:9 native widescreen camcorder. It shoots 480i, and its resolution was reviewed as being pretty good.
But I did have a question....when I record in native widescreen I am assuming I am shooting at 720x480, and putting to tape at that resolution.
When I edit in Pinnacle Studio 10 (I was familiar and accustomed to it and the upgrade was cheap), and encode to MPEG to burn to DVD, I'm noticing that the results on my widescreen TV (65") aren't the best.
They ok, and they're native widescreen, and when I play at 480p they look good, but they dont look great. Not DVD great :)
I know, camcorder versus professional DVD mastering....
But is there a problem where Pinnacle's conversion to MPEG could be a problem?
Do MPEG encoders vary between manufacturers? Would I be smarter to just render to AVI after I do editing, and then use something TMPGENC to convert to MPEG? (Whcih also gives me access to simple filters to sharpen, brighten, darken and otherwise manipulate the image as I need to.
I am considering upgrading to an HC3 HD unit...will probably archive to Hard Drive in the short term and convert to 480p DVD widescreen as required by the family for sharing of video if I go that route ;)
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