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Thread: Capturing and editing from a Panasonic AG-DVC30

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    Default Capturing and editing from a Panasonic AG-DVC30

    Hopefully this is the correct place to post this question?

    I've recently purchased a Panasonic AG-DVC30 and am really happy with it, however it has two widescreen recording modes. One is a standard black bars (top and bottom) and the other is squeeze mode. I agther squeeze mode has a slight loss of picture quality?

    I've used squeeze for 16:9 and when I import the footage into Adobe premiere it fits fine, however whenever I import the 16:9 black bar footage, it reverts to 4:3. I then have to expand the footage so I don't have black bars down the side of the film.

    Any idea why the black bar footage appears to be 4:3 and not 16:9?

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    In my Panasonic manual (different to your camera) when they refer to Squeeze they actually mean 16:9, this makes no sense but hey ho. The black bar footage is 4:3 but with black bars on it, this is called letter boxing.

    As I have full 16:9 CCDs in my camera squeeze mode does not mean there is any loss of quality. I don't know about your camera but would suspect any difference in quality would be hard to tell.

    Try doing some test shots in both modes and see what it looks like.

    I hope that explains what's happening.

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