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Can the sony cx550 or the xr550 record in 720p? Please help :(

post #1 of 15
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I'm going to be getting one of these 2 cameras, the cx550 or the xr550. but after some research i noticed they record in interlaced rather then progressive..which kinda sucks because i want to do some slow motion with skateboarding and such..

so question is..can you set the camera to record in 720p? if not, does de-interlacing really make a difference in the smoothness of slow motion..preferably on sony vegas?
post #2 of 15
only records in 1080/60i, the only thing you can manually change is the bitrate, 5, 9, 17, 24Mbps
post #3 of 15
you can always just scale down to 720p when you encode the video. 60i will be better then 30p for motion
post #4 of 15
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So your saying just keep the default 1080i for the slow motion rather then the 720p? That doesnt make much sense to me..cause 720 is progressive, while the 1080 is interlaced..im confused..

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Originally Posted by fishywishy View Post

you can always just scale down to 720p when you encode the video. 60i will be better then 30p for motion
post #5 of 15
For slow motion get a 1080p60 camcorder.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by jogiba View Post

For slow motion get a 1080p60 camcorder.

i know..but i dont like any of the other cam corders on the market right now..and i need one now cause im leaving the country on a trip.

i like sony's interface..im not convinced with the other brands.............convince me, show me what im not seeing?
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

So your saying just keep the default 1080i for the slow motion rather then the 720p? That doesnt make much sense to me..cause 720 is progressive, while the 1080 is interlaced..im confused..

the sony only records in 1080i60. im saying in vegas make the output 720p30

60 fps interlaced looks better then 30 fps progressive
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

i know..but i dont like any of the other cam corders on the market right now..and i need one now cause im leaving the country on a trip.

i like sony's interface..im not convinced with the other brands.............convince me, show me what im not seeing?

if you dont know what youre doing or dont want to do a lot of research stick with sony. the panasonic 60p camcorders are great but you need to do a lot of work to edit the footage
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by fishywishy View Post

if you dont know what youre doing or dont want to do a lot of research stick with sony. the panasonic 60p camcorders are great but you need to do a lot of work to edit the footage



Im pretty good with editing and all that..but its the little things that pull my attention toward sony. im gonna do a little more research on the other cams..thanks for the input.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

I'm going to be getting one of these 2 cameras, the cx550 or the xr550. but after some research i noticed they record in interlaced rather then progressive..which kinda sucks because i want to do some slow motion with skateboarding and such..

so question is..can you set the camera to record in 720p? if not, does de-interlacing really make a difference in the smoothness of slow motion..preferably on sony vegas?

What's the specific 720p usage you're planning?
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tom Gull View Post

What's the specific 720p usage you're planning?


its not a big deal now..i just ordered the cx550v. im sure ill like it. i dont imagine ill be doing THAT much slow motion..i was going to do skateboarding slow mo, and i still can. im just gonna see how de-interlacing with sony vegas works out.

The main reason i bought this camera was to record my trip to germany. not to much slow mo action going on there...lol.

Thanks for everyones help.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

its not a big deal now..i just ordered the cx550v. im sure ill like it. i dont imagine ill be doing THAT much slow motion..i was going to do skateboarding slow mo, and i still can. im just gonna see how de-interlacing with sony vegas works out.

The main reason i bought this camera was to record my trip to germany. not to much slow mo action going on there...lol.

Thanks for everyones help.

I think you got a bunch of solid answers on this question. As a sidelight, 1080i will have about twice the pixel count as 720p and the extra resolution is one reason why 720p is less attractive than it used to be.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

its not a big deal now..i just ordered the cx550v. im sure ill like it. i dont imagine ill be doing THAT much slow motion..i was going to do skateboarding slow mo, and i still can. im just gonna see how de-interlacing with sony vegas works out.

The main reason i bought this camera was to record my trip to germany. not to much slow mo action going on there...lol.

Thanks for everyones help.

Another side thought - for a clip you're viewing on a 1080 HDTV and not downconverting to 720p for slow motion review, the TV will probably do a better job of deinterlacing than any PC program. That is, converting to 720p would be the exception for HDTV viewing if you have 1080i capture, not the rule. Good modern TVs have very sophisticated processing chips in them and do a great job of deinterlacing 1080i input.

As an example, your new 550 can output to an HDTV at 1080p or 1080i via the HDMI cable per other posters. The 1080p output means deinterlacing would be done in-camcorder. The posts I've seen here indicate that the TVs themselves are generally doing a better job of deinterlacing than the camcorder, which makes sense looking at their respective costs and primary features. So if you go camcorder direct to TV via HDMI, you may want to use the 1080i signal instead of the in-cam-converted 1080p. Just something to check out.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by J3TJR View Post

i know..but i dont like any of the other cam corders on the market right now..and i need one now cause im leaving the country on a trip.

i like sony's interface..im not convinced with the other brands.............convince me, show me what im not seeing?

Whatever floats your boat, if you prefer Sony's interface over the TM700's 1080p60 video that is tops in any consumer camcorder.

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The HDC-TM700 did spectacularly well in our video sharpness test. The camcorder measured a horizontal sharpness of 1000 lw/ph and a vertical sharpness of 900 lw/ph. The impressive vertical sharpness is what stands out here, as no other consumer camcorder we've tested has been able to crack the 600 – 700 lw/ph barrier.

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...erformance.htm
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Originally Posted by jogiba View Post

Whatever floats your boat, if you prefer Sony's interface over the TM700's 1080p60 video that is tops in any consumer camcorder.


http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...erformance.htm

is that in 60i or 60p?
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