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Just got through playing with downloading footage from Darthcam and editing it with Vegas Pro HD.


1.) The camera shoots in 1920 x 1080 60i. That means it has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels per frame, but each frame is made up of two interlaced fields, one made up of the odd scan lines and the other made up of even scan likes.

The 60i is important. In theory, you could capture one still frame every 30 seconds (30p) and output the odd and even fields of the frames separately, but for some reason they chose not to offer that as a possible recording mode.

Now what I really want to end up with is a 24p movie, or one that plays back at 24 frames per second, with each frame complete from top to bottom and not made up of two interlaced fields (progressive scan vs. interlaced).

Sony has a really fabulous converter for converting regular 480/60i DV video to a very convincing 24p. Unfortunately, their 1080i -> 24 converter didn't get the same treatment, and the look so far has been rather the poop. If all else fails I can still edit in 60i and give it the nicely polished pulldown in the final pre-DVD post.

I shall ponder.

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avindair
Dec. 2nd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I think doing it in post is worthwhile when one considers that you can shoot in 1920 x 1080.

Dude...MY camera couldn't touch that!

Darthcam sounds coolio.
saveau
Dec. 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Every entry you've posted is under a cut tag that says "You are about to view content that may not be appropriate for minors" and requires me to agree that I am at least 14 (?) to view it. And then I get a discussion about cameras. WTF?
molasses
Dec. 2nd, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
i don't get that. check this
http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/

what you might want to do is change the very last setting, Safe Search Filtering to "Do not filter my results"

stupid lj.
sageincave
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I thought I did that, but I still get the wonky cut tag.
molasses
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
hmm. sorry.
it's the only change i have made in all this nonsense.
magicmarmot
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
I changed mine back. \\\until they get it figured out, I'm a leave it.
molasses
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
i didn't change my thing about content. fuck them.
magicmarmot
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
LJ is asstastic.
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