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Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

Last post 08-13-2016, 7:27 by saby. 15 replies.
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  •  07-18-2016, 17:45 716158

    Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    I have the means of capturing from Mini DV tapes using my Sony VX2000. However, what is the best format to capture to? I plan on producing short videos and posting on Facebook, You Tube, etc.
  •  07-18-2016, 17:53 716160 in reply to 716158

    Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    Why don't you remain in DV ?
  •  07-18-2016, 18:33 716162 in reply to 716160

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    I will be capturing scenes off the tape to edit into a video that will be saved in a digital format. I did not know that "dv" would be one of the choices in Pinnacle. I thought it may be .mov, .mpg or something like that. I am afraid that I know less than I thought I did. Also, am I correct in wanting to produce the movie with an aspect ratio of 16:9 for all the new tv and computer screens? Thank you for your response.
  •  07-18-2016, 18:54 716163 in reply to 716162

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    DV is a digital format. It means Digital Video. How do you plan to make the capture ? By using a firewire card ?

    AFAIK, VX2000 shoots in 4/3. Transformation in 16/9 would add black bars at left and right of the picture (it's called pillarboxing) or distort horizontally the picture (a soccer ball would become like a rugby ball).

     

  •  07-18-2016, 23:30 716175 in reply to 716163

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    I have the i.link (firewire) on the VX2000 hooked to my PC. I used Studio 15 to import via the firewire. So it sounds like if I import and use 4/3 format I will have black bars on the new tv's during normal playback, right?  I guess what I should shoot for is the most desireable final output that would look good playing on PC's, Tablets, etc. If I go for 16:9 I'll also have black bars. What is your thought about getting the best final product with what I have?
  •  07-19-2016, 5:22 716182 in reply to 716175

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    vidman95:
    So it sounds like if I import and use 4/3 format I will have black bars on the new tv's during normal playback, right?

    Right. Or some anamorphism.

    vidman95:

    What is your thought about getting the best final product with what I have?

    My thought is that you should not expect too much of a Simple Definition 4/3 footage displayed on a modern High Definition 16/9 screen. The result might be disappointing in many cases.

  •  07-19-2016, 13:10 716197 in reply to 716182

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    FWIW I have recently been doing some "tape to DVD" work; original recordings are a mix of analogue S-VHS/Hi8 (captured using a Pinnacle 700-USB) and Mini DV (captured via Firewore). All are 4:3 (before I had a camcorder that could shoot in true 16:9, and not the cheat "cinema mode that simply put black bars at the top & bottom)!

    Edited with a mix of Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate + later versions; I have chosen to make the DVDs in 16:9 format and have taken the following approach:

    • The DVD menus and full-screen title sequences are all in 16:9 format
    • Nearly all of the source material is left in its 4:3 format so automatically becomes pillarboxed when added to the 16:9 project. Any title overlays in the 4:3 sections are kept completely within that 4:3 picture area and do not stray into the black pillarbox bars
    • A little of the source material - where there was plenty of "headroom" above and below the subject - is enlarged using the "2D Editor" effect to fill the full screen width (and "lose" part of the image out of the top/bottom) - in the 2D Editor's controls use a horizontal size of 133 and a vertical size of 133 (or slightly less, and play with the vertical position if you want to keep more of the subject in the frame). Unfortunately I don't believe there's a plugin to do a true "anamorphic" enlargement (little stretching in the middle of the picture where it's most noticeable and more at the edges).

    Regards,
    Richard

  •  07-19-2016, 16:35 716214 in reply to 716197

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    culpanr:
    Unfortunately I don't believe there's a plugin to do a true "anamorphic" enlargement (little stretching in the middle of the picture where it's most noticeable and more at the edges).

    I don't know such a plugin.

  •  07-19-2016, 20:33 716237 in reply to 716214

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    I guess I'll just go for the old format on this project of shooting some nature video with my old VX2000. What a shame, a $2300 camera that is now worth about $300 on Ebay. Time to look for a reasonably priced digital video camera. I've seen some pretty cheap that produce a great picture. But they seem to lack the helpful features like a variable speed zoom.  Thanks for all the responses.
  •  07-19-2016, 21:33 716238 in reply to 716237

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    What is a reasonably priced camera for you ?
  •  07-20-2016, 16:58 716261 in reply to 716238

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    Since I do not have any immediate plans on doing this professionally (for money, like when I used to do weddings, mitzvahs, etc), I'd like to cap it off at about $600.
  •  07-20-2016, 17:31 716265 in reply to 716261

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    At this price you can forget almost all semi-pro features of your VX2000 : 3 CCD sensors, zoom and focus rings, zebra, ND filters, variable speed zoom, aperture/shutter speed priority modes ...

    But you get a tremendous leap forward with HD quality pictures, stabilization, progressive scan, 50 or 60 framerates, ...

    It's another world !

  •  07-20-2016, 18:16 716266 in reply to 716265

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    Can you please name a couple of cameras that have some semi-pro features? I'd like to do some research on a few good ones.
  •  07-21-2016, 18:00 716302 in reply to 716266

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    In Full HD I would say : Sony HDR CX 900, Panasonic HCX 920 and Canon XA 25

    In 4K, I would name : Sony FDR AX 100, Panasonic HC VXF990 and Canon XC 10

    Sorry if you have difficulties to found these models in the US. I gave you the European market references. They may vary in your country.

  •  08-13-2016, 1:34 717692 in reply to 716302

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

    Ok, thanks.
  •  08-13-2016, 7:27 717709 in reply to 717692

    Re: Re:Studio 15 capture from VX2000 tape

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