As far as the quality of the footage itself, you’ll have to spend significantly more money to get any kind of noticeable improvement. And by significantly more money I mean a camera like the Panasonic HPX2000. That package will set you back well over $20,000 and will gain you a 2/3” chip for a higher quality front end but you still have to add the optional AVC-Intra card to get the same CODEC as the HPX300. And believe me, the improvements from the CODEC are tangible. Compared to Panasonic’s earlier HD CODEC, DVCPro HD, AVC-Intra uses the same 100Mb data rate but uses the much newer H.264 compression scheme. H.264 provides roughly twice the efficiency of legacy CODECs like DVCPro HD which means you’ll get a better quality recording at even smaller file sizes. In the real world that means you can roughly double your record times at the same quality that you’ve been getting or double your quality at the same record times! Now, it’s important to understand that part of that increased quality comes by the way of an improved color depth. AVC-Intra produces a 10bit color depth. compared to an 8bit color depth from almost everything else out there. That combined with a 4:2:2 color space means smoother gradients between colors and even easier chroma-keying when shooting against a green screen. Do you do any color adjustments or stylizing to your videos? Have you ever opened the application Color that comes with Final Cut Studio? If so, this is the camera for you.
Fri, February 19, 2010
by Fowler Inc filed under