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Old Jun 25, 2008, 1:24 PM   #21
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I am about to buy HF100 to replace HD1000 and curious about a few things. Can you change resolutions like you can in HD1000? [email protected], [email protected] etc... Also, are the files easier to convert to youtube size on HF100 or HD1000? Thank you!
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Old Jun 25, 2008, 1:52 PM   #22
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I am about to buy HF100 to replace HD1000 and curious about a few things. Can you change resolutions like you can in HD1000? [email protected], [email protected] etc... Also, are the files easier to convert to youtube size on HF100 or HD1000? Thank you!
Not meaning to answer forTrevmar, but looking at the manual it says the only methods of shooting are 1920x1080 and 1440x1080. In the manual it says the only mode that uses 1920x1080 is the 17mbps "FXP" mode. Everything else, meaning lower bitrate recordings, use 1440x1080 - I'm guessing anamorphically squashed hence still 16:9, though I can't confirm that.



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Old Jun 25, 2008, 2:41 PM   #23
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Found the manual myself that answered the question. I am not sure if I like the fact that 1080p is the only option there... 1440x1080 sounds odd too...
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Yeah, I didn't realize it fully till you asked. I knew it didn't do any 60p modes but I checked and sure enough it only does 1920x1080 and 1440x1080. I'm under the impression the 1440x1080 mode is anamorphically squashed 16:9 (pixel aspect of 1.33) just like their HDV models use. Of course, the videos could always be downsized in software, you'd just have to deal with the re-encoding times which can be many hours depending on the video's length.



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It might not be too bad, since I am currently down convering from 720p anyway...

I guess my final question is if m2ts files (HF100) are easier to work with then mp4.
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Good question. I know they're easy to play, well... maybe that's cause I have a codec pack installed, but I've downloaded .mts files from the HF100 and simply have to rename the extention to .mpg to get them to play. From what I've read around on the net it seems less people have a problemwith the HF100's .mts files than the Sanyo's MP4's when it comes to video editing software support. I know Vegas Pro 8, which is what I nowuse, works perfectly with my HD1000 mp4's but I had tried many softwares prior and all had one issue or another.



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1440 by 1080 evenly evenly DVD resolution pixels of 720*540, so you might get some improvement.
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NTSC DVD resolution is actually 720x480 which is a weird 1.5 aspect ratio. I think that's likely the reason the iPhone and iPod Touch screens are 1.5 aspect rather than true 1:78 (16:9). Of course, rendering down to these lower resolution would still be an improvement over shooting at that resolution.



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Old Jun 26, 2008, 1:22 PM   #29
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thanks for letting me know that i can just simply rename .mts to .mpg. I am using Magic Converter and for some reason it didn't recognize .mts files, but once I changed the extension I was able to convert. HF100 it is then!
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Sorry for being slow to respond. I have been at a conference and away from my computer. The 1440x1080 is derived from the HDV standard used in the professional series tape-based HD camcorders from Canon and Sony. Google for HDV and you will get plenty of info on that format.

There is no doubt that it is much harder to process video from the HF100 than from an HD1000, especially if you are shooting in 24p, as I do. But I just leave batch jobs running on spare computers to do the conversion, they give me progressive (HDV) 25Mbps MPEG2 format conversions which Vegas loves as an editing format.

The HD1000 is much easier to manage files from, and much easier for point-and shoot usage. But the HF100 will produce better video more reliably, and at much lower light levels. That's why I have the Kodak in my pocket for those candid shots I don't want to miss (indoors, usually). The HD700 doesn't work in that mode, you need too much lighting for it to work well indoors, and the HD1000 didn't work for me as it made my suit pocket bulge alarmingly (and needed plenty of light). So I keep the HF100 in my briefcase, the Kodak V1073 in my pocket. It seems to be working out well, so far.

I just bought my second HF100 this morning, for a colleague at the conference. I need to get back to work - will be back at my desk Tuesday.

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