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Old Jan 21, 2010, 5:33 PM   #1
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Default Could somebody explane the different video resolutions for me.

Hi guys just can my first digital camcorder, I can set it in the following resolutions-1080P/30 720/60/ 720/30 WVGA/60 WVGA/30 WQVGA/240,

I know 1080P/30 is HQ and 720/60 is not far behind, but what about WVGA60 to me that seem the same quality as 720/60, again what is WQVGA/240, it looks very poor on play back,

If I wanted to put a clip on Youtube which one can I use for best quality.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 7:06 PM   #2
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First, the simple part. The second number (.../30. .../60) is the frame rate. Typical video is at 30 frames per second. When you record at 60 frames per second, it is played back at 30 fps, and so is slow motion.

1080 and 720 are the vertical resolutions of the image. WVGA is Wide VGA, a wider version of the VGA screen resolution first introduced in IBM's PS/2 personal computers. It has a vertical resolution of 480. WQVGA is Wide Quarter VGA. Quarter VGA is 1/2 the horizontal resolution and 1/2 the vertical resolution of VGA which is 240. QVGA is roughly equivalent to conventional analog television.
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Thank you for that, so would I be correct in thinking that for normal run of the mill filming I should just use 720/60 or 720/30,

Would both of these setting be suitable for uploading to youtube or would I need a lower setting.

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Well since normal tv is 480, going to 720 is overkill if you are doing it for Youtube. Keeping it at 480 will at least help with the file size if not picture quality.
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For specifics on how and what to upload to YouTube, see http://www.youtube.com/t/yt_handbook_produce

It actually seems that their preferred formats aren't among the ones you've mentioned.
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Mmmm I think I need to go back to basics and do some reading about resolutions and the best ways to save to DVD ect, I will start a new post in the FAQ section, many thanks for your help guys.

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