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A few months ago, I thought that all one needed was a modern HDV cam and some famous NLE, and you have an instant 24P professional looking video. Well, I have been recalibrated, and the only thing I know for sure, is that there is a lot to learn, and a lot to invent. HD means an overwhelming amount of data for even today's computers, and the NLE folks and the hardware folks have been rapidly evolving their products, but often in different directions.
In that light, I will modestly offer the following perspectives (which I think are in sync with Greg Salman who gave a Canon product seminar).
1) HDV is the best HD option for those of us who use cameras costing under 10K.
2) Although producing real HD disks (blue ray etc) is only for the pioneers among us now, it is still reasonable to shoot in HDV, so that the media could be remastered in the future.
3)There is no penalty to shoot HDV and downconvert to SD according to my preliminary tests (will do more testing). Salman claims that SD looks better from HDV than regular SD.
BTW, I did the last test with a Canon XH A1, but that was because it just showed up at my door. I have a Canon HV 20 and also did a quick test, as with the A1, with similar results in viewing quality ie cannot detect any difference.
I did a lot of testing with mixing SD and HDV as I was learning Avid. The HDV to SD approach will now be my standard workflow, but I tried SD to HD and got some horrible results.
I think the Canon HV 20 is a great camera. Salman says that it records 24P with 2:3 pullup onto the tape, and the A1 records 24P on the tape, but adds the pullup at the output stage. So there is a lot of confusion about 24P out there, I will be happy with 1080i for a while.
Good luck all
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