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TV playback versus Pc playback

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by basmntdweller, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. basmntdweller

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    I have a Canon ZR85 camcorder. I have taken several videos and while playback via the video out cord to my TV is pretty good, the quality when I download to my PC via firewire is very poor. As best I can tell I am DLing at max resolution and saving at max. I am using Pinnacle Studio 9 for editing and the capture monitor reports no frames lost.
    Is this just the nature of digital video or am I missing something. I really don't want to buy a higher quality camcorder when the playback quality on the tv is very good. If I could get that quality on the PC I'd be thrilled.
    Thanks,,,Matt
     
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    Hi Matt and welcome to the forum :hiya:

    This is a common 'problem' that a fair few people have reported in the past. But in reallity it is normally not a problem at all, the reason being that a PC monitor is just not designed to display 'true colour' video the same way as a TV. The monitor is designed for higher resolution with limited colours.
    To confirm that this is the case I suggest you output the captured footage to DVD/VHS/camcorder and then play it on a TV. If the quality is still bad then you do have a problem, but if it looks good on the TV you now know why.

    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks for the reply Mark.
    My only real reason for the camcorder is net based videos. Is there a better approach? A friend has a Canon GL2 which does excellent videos on the pc but they are very large files. I would even live with the large file size but at the moment I can't justify the cost of the GL2 not to mention I don't have the money in the first place :D
    I will test the transfer back to tape and replay it on the tube later.

    Matt
     
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    Well a lot in terms of PQ will depend on how you transfer the video to the PC. Firewire or USB? USB will be low quality but firewire gives near enough 100% quality as long as the files are sdaved as .AVI which are large. You can then convert them for whatever use you want to reduce the size.

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