1. Who uses 24p?
Anyone who wishes to capture a sequence of images with a “cinematic” look or feel can use 24p to accomplish that effect. Independent film producers, film school students, and others may utilize 24p digital technology. The AF-DVX100 also has the option of being applied as a B Roll camera, which complements the HD video camera or 35 mm camera. This is also a smart way to shoot multiple camera coverage in 24p.
2. If I don’t plan on distributing my film, why should I shoot 24p?
Actually, a large audience equates the 24p look with high production values, as most prime time television programs are shot in 24p through HD video or 35mm film. It is therefore to your advantage to shoot 24p.
3. Do I need the Non Linear Editing process to shoot 24p with the AG-DVX100?
No. The AG-DV camera has been designed to work in an NTSC DV editing environment to minimize your investment to 24p. Your IEEEE-1394 based NLE should be compatible with the live camera IEEEE-1394 and tapes recorded through AG-DVX.
There is a software editing application compatible with IEEE-1394 for under $ 1,000. You might also add a specialized PCU bus hardware accelerator to provide real time video transitions and effects.
4. Will I need a new 24p capable DV studio VTR to playback an AG-DVX100 24p recorded tape?
No. The AG-DVX100 camera provides a “3:2 pull down” telecine process directly in the camera head, so that the 24p signal captured by the CCD based imager is converted to an NTSC compatible signal for mini-DV format recording and playback.
5. Can I use an existing NTSC monitor to view 24p camera output or tapes?
Yes! The AG-DVX100 offers a built-in process that converts the 24p video signal captured by the CCD based imager to an NTSC signal. This signal is compatible for editing and monitoring.
6. Do I need a separate DAT recording device for higher quality audio?
No–the audio quality of AG-DVX100 is similar to that of the film industry DAT recorder. The AG-DVX100 represents state of the art digital audio.
7. Can I create tight shots with my AG-DVX100?
Yes–the AG-DVX100 lens has a short focal length of 4.5mm. This is an approximate equivalent in 35mm photography to a 32.5 wide-angle lens. Wide angle lens provide a deep depth of field that helps with close-up shots.
8. Now that I’ve got the right equipment, how do I break into filmmaking?
If you are a beginner, try to take classes at film or video schools to get a handle on cinematic storytelling. The size and weight of the new technology helps to allow for a filmmaking style not available to 35mm filmmakers.
Written By J. Edwards
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