Jay Holben (Technical Editor of DV magazine) at BAPVA continued…

Feb 20, 2009

As I mentioned in the last post I recently joined BAPVA, Bay Area Professional Videographers Association. At my first meeting we were fortunate enough to discuss technology and future trends with Jay Holben. Jay spoke about some of the advances that he saw in HD technology in pro and pro-sumer cameras.  Here are some of his tips…

HDV vs. HD Technology: While Jay explained that HDV is definetly a step up from standard definition, that as more and more cameras go tapeless and straight to drive the format will ulitmetly die out. HDV cameras shoot at a High Definition aspect ration, for example the Sony HDV-Z1u shoots 1140x1080, but has to compress the digital image to fit the information on a standard MiniDV tape. As HD technology advances true HD is geting packeaged into smaller, more affordable cameras such as the Panasonic HPX-170 P2 Camera.

Canon 5D Mark II: As many of us have seen this camera shoots amazing HD with of course a 35mm lens. Jay said that when this first came out he was very impressed, but upon closer inspection think that it needs a lot more work before it is truly viable as both a still camera and HD camcorder. First off, to shoot anything longer than a few frames you need to have a rig to keep the camera stable. Whether this is a shoulder or waste mount it nullifies the whole idea. Also, if you are ever going to use this camera as a main camera on a video shoot you are going to have to get an adapter to pull balanced XLR audio, another bulky add-on. Although this camera did get a lot of buzz out of the gate Jay thinks that what is much more likely is to improve the still image capture in HD video cameras.

CMOS vs. CCD: Jay expressed his concern about the proliferation of the CMOS chip as of late. He explained that while these chips are cheaper to manufacture and can provide good image quality that they have some issues in low light and other applications. This was new to me and is going to take some further investigation. For now I am going to stick with cameras that offer CCD chips. For more info on this click on the heading link: CMOS vs. CCD. This guy can explain it much better than I do.

Check out Jay’s film playing at cinequest: Two Million Stupid Women