Originally Posted by latedate
Of course, it goes without saying you should always keep the camera as steady as possible. But more importantly, while in 24P mode, try to keep panning to a minimum (and if panning is necessary, make sure you are not in zoom and that you pan slowly).
I will try to put up some clips to give you an idea of the detail. Looking at the video again, I see that you will definitely want to use the camera light as much as possible; it makes a big difference in the close up shots. Even without the camera light, you can still tell who the subjects are, certainly, but nowhere near as detailed as having it on. As for the distant shots, they seemed to come out clearer since the ambient light from the bowling lanes seemed to help considerably.
The bowling alley we visited switched back-and-forth between cosmic bowl and regular bowl. In case you are in the same situation, you will most likely want to check your white balance when they flip the lights back on. I didn't and my footage suffered a bit. I probably should have set it to fluorescent lighting (or manual setting). All in all, I am pretty happy with the results.
Sorry for taking so long, but I was trying to create a Windows-compatible video format; I chose to go with QuickTime (.mov) files since most users seem to have it installed (and it's free). I hope I succeeded (I don't have a Windows machine handy to test, but it appears to work in a Windows virtual machine, at least).NOTE: Be sure to click "Download Original Video" for the following clips! The flash version embedded on the page was re-encoded into flash and was re-sampled (much degraded) by the divshare.com people!
Here's a clip with the camera light turned off:http://www.divshare.com/download/492169-181
And here's one with it turned on:http://www.divshare.com/download/492182-818
Please note that I may not have done the most perfect job at encoding (e.g., I wonder if I chose the correct bitrate?) so there is a good chance there is some degradation from the master. But, I think it should still give you an idea, at least (to the naked eye, they seem to look similar).
FYI, for anyone familiar with linux, here are the steps I used to create the QuickTime movies above (if you have a better solution, I would love to hear it):
First, I removed the telecine in order to get at the progressive video:
mencoder -oac copy -ovc lavc \\
-vf pullup,harddup \\
-lavcopts vbitrate=8000:aspect=16/9:mbd=2:trell=yes -ofps 24000/1001 \\
-o bowling24p.avi bowling.m2t
Second, I used avidemux2 to cut out the short clips. I did not perform any encoding at all (set both audio and video streams to "Copy"). I had to make sure that I began on an intraframe key (very important! if you don't, you will lose aspect ratio!)
Finally, I used ffmpeg to create the QuickTime file:
ffmpeg -b 8000000 -i clip24p.avi clip24p.mov