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Help with SOny VX2100 Widescreen

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by dgharwood, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. dgharwood

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    I have read a few posts concerning the widescreen abilities of this camera and I am confused.

    Due to the expense, I do not want to have to go buying further lenses or adaptors, so will this camera record a suitable 16:9 image.

    Also, I have read that when in its high quality mode.the fps reduces to around 15. Is this high enough for good quality footage considering due to the non-Interlacing?

    Thanks in advance for any advice. David
     
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    This camera has a 4:3 chip, exactly the same chip and optics as the PD170. It's very very similar to the VX2000 and PD150.

    So these cameras all deal with 16:9 in the same way, they simply stretch the image vertically by 133% before recording it to disc. So you lose 33% of your vertical resolution. Anamorphics lenses keep the full resolution, but have operational restrictions, for example you only get about 50% zoom. (I have the Optex convertor)

    Another way to work would be to mask part of the sidefinder with camera tape at 16:9 letterbox, then stretch the image 133% vertically in post production to make it anamorphic.

    The camera's internal digital processing is fairly good, I have used the post process in Avid, Final Cut Pro and After Effects, they all produce similar results to the internal method. Personally I prefer to use a Snell and Wilcox ARC which produces amazing results, after shooting with the letterbox mask method (It's about £10k I'm afraid though)

    Your other option would be a proper 16:9 camera, the XL2, or the new Sony HDV cameras, all around £4000.
     
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    Oh by the way the 15fps problem is only when you shoot progressive on the 2000/150 and I believe 2100/170, it doesn't increase the quality in any way, just records a different way, and it's only a featured used to produce film like images, something that can be done in post production, almost as well.
     
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    Thanks for your help. Whilst a £4000 option would be my preferable way to go, as the camera is only for a picky home user, I will have to stick to the current method until I purchase an additional lens.

    If you attach a different lens, how does the camera know not to stretch the image?
     
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    The camera is kept in 4:3 mode it works as normal, but the lens does the squeezing.

    It squeezes the sides of the image in, and act as a wide angle lens to an extent too.
     

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