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    Hi I just bought a Panasonic HCV-700 video camera. It seems like a really good camera but im confused about what to shoot in to get the best quality in footage. I film a lot of surfing and would like this camera to just film everyday type situation. Im not at all looking at doing smooth twixtor type slow motion and I am quite happy with just the normal slow motion. Anyway -

    With the settings set in full auto it shoots in 1080/50i

    Under the 1080/50i full auto setting there are options for quality top to bottom from highest to lowest which are -

    HA1920

    HG1920 (full auto settings)

    HX1920

    HE1920

    Howevery next to these options in the cameras menu is one option which is -

    1080/50p


    Today I shot in 1080/50i an it came out nice.

    What I want to know is that all the websites talking about this camera say that it is 50 frames/second (some say 60 frames/second even when shooting in full auto 1080/50i but when I shot in that today an right hand clicked on the footage and looked at details tab it says 25 frames/second. The only up side to this even though this is a differant camera is that it says on this website that the computer can read it wrong - Differences Between 1080 50p and 1080 50i-Import Panasonic TM 700 1920X1080 AVCHD MTS to FCP X | HDCam AVCHD/MTS Joiner.

    So with the other shooting option that I mentioned that is on its own in the menu as 1080/50p would that be more frames but less quality or the same quality but more frames ? You would think that if it was the better option it would just be the "full auto" settings but it is on its own.

    I guess the main thing that is annoying me that im hoping to figure out is if the footage in 1080/50i which I shot in today is really 50 frames/second like all the websites say it is and if that is the case then what is the reason they have the 1080/50p option in the menu.

    Hope im not too dumb and I wrote it down correctly with confusing anyone. Any help would be greatly appreciated as it would be comforting to have a setting that I can stick too an not have to be change down the track once I already have a bunch of footage for editing.

    Thanks heaps, Laurie.

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    Take a look at the video in this thread, it might give you a better understanding of the i & the p side of your question.

    1080/50p is probably going to give you the best footage for what you are recording. ie fast moving objects. It will also give you a nicer slow-motion image if you wanted to do that. This option will however take up more space on your memory card so you won't be able to record for as long on each card. When you see the video I linked to you should get a better understanding of how interlaced footage works ie 1080/50i the reason why some software will state that 50i is 25p is that it is 25 full frames shot at 50 frames per second at 25 odd lines and 25 even lines per second.

    The auto setting of a camera can give really nice footage but you are relying on the camera "knowing" how you want the footage to look. As it will average out exposure to give an "even" look to the whole image this is why the sky can often be missing all detail as the camera has burnt out or over exposed it so the things on the ground don't look to dark. This may be fine to some people but not for me. What if you are filming a bird in flight ? The camera wouldn't know what part of the picture you wanted to expose correctly and just average the scene out so that nothing was correctly exposed. These days cameras can do a better job of this then with cameras of a few years ago but I always prefer shooting with full manual control over what I'm shooting. That way if what I shoot looks rubbish I know it's something I did and not the cameras fault.

    I hope this waffling helps to explains things a bit.

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    Long story cut short ....

    with my panasonic sd700 and the uk's pal tv system i find 1080p @50fps gives by far the best results if storage capacity is an issue, cards are cheap enough now, invest in extra cards

    class 4 ,

    Sandisk 32GB Secure Digital SD Card - Retail Packaging: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories


    class 10 (better)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...BCWPAYPQ8CHHCA
    Last edited by enc; 06-23-2012 at 01:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Take a look at the video in this thread, it might give you a better understanding of the i & the p side of your question.

    1080/50p is probably going to give you the best footage for what you are recording. ie fast moving objects. It will also give you a nicer slow-motion image if you wanted to do that. This option will however take up more space on your memory card so you won't be able to record for as long on each card. When you see the video I linked to you should get a better understanding of how interlaced footage works ie 1080/50i the reason why some software will state that 50i is 25p is that it is 25 full frames shot at 50 frames per second at 25 odd lines and 25 even lines per second.

    The auto setting of a camera can give really nice footage but you are relying on the camera "knowing" how you want the footage to look. As it will average out exposure to give an "even" look to the whole image this is why the sky can often be missing all detail as the camera has burnt out or over exposed it so the things on the ground don't look to dark. This may be fine to some people but not for me. What if you are filming a bird in flight ? The camera wouldn't know what part of the picture you wanted to expose correctly and just average the scene out so that nothing was correctly exposed. These days cameras can do a better job of this then with cameras of a few years ago but I always prefer shooting with full manual control over what I'm shooting. That way if what I shoot looks rubbish I know it's something I did and not the cameras fault.

    I hope this waffling helps to explains things a bit.
    Seriously thankyou so much I really appreciate it. Thankyou for replying so quick too. It is soo good knowing I can start shooting video now knowing I have everything set to go. Much respect Midnight Blue !

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