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    Is SD a waste of money?

    is a sd cam a waste of money?

    how quickly till hd totally takes over???

    comments plz

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    Whilst there're big news abt HD, and plasma/LCD tvs with HD playback capabilities are bouncing up, the industry opening up and broadcasting on HD, I think it is still quite a slow process.

    What I've done: I have invested in HDV already, but for now I am still recording stuff in SD ( yup it is switchable for some if not all) because I've not done an overhaul of the entire editing suite.

    My take: I think it's still fine to invest in an SD cam and SD will be around till the camera goes bonkers (with heavy usage on an XL2/Panasonic which you've mentioned on the other post), about 3 - 5 yrs?
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    Do remember that with the forced DTV broadcast changeover, many more stations are upgrading their facilities to play HDTV as well. (The smaller ones with some budget are investing in all new gear to make the broadcast chain be all digital, so they might as well upgrade to HD [or at least HD capable] in the process. The larger ones, well they're the ones already broadcasting at least digital, if not HD as well)

    That all being said, you will probably still be supplying spots and similar either in SD format, in HD format with a croppable SD area, or in some sort of odd anamorphic or psuedo-letterbox format.
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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    I still have a SD cam. I still use it sometimes. It is all about what you are trying to make with it.
    Manoni Productions
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    I'm shooting mostly with HDV and downconverting it. I don't really need to but I'm doing it for enjoyment and experience.

    No-one in my area cares about HD and I don't see that changing within at least a few years. It's a bit different here though because TV is still all SD. I guess it depends on your local market if that's who you're targeting.

    I'm also keen to future proof though. Some local news stuff I've done is being distributed in SD now but it's going to be nice to have that HD footage in years to come.
    Dave Owen
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    No-one in my area cares about HD and I don't see that changing within at least a few years. It's a bit different here though because TV is still all SD. I guess it depends on your local market if that's who you're targeting.
    I guess I am a bit biased, living in the #1 DMA, but everything seems to just happen here first [and quicker] and then spreads. I truly believe (although I may despise what cable companies will do to shove multiple stations in a channel) that a lot of SD markets will be full of at least 720p [or similar] within a few years (depending on where you are and if/when the DTV forced transition is).
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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    Buy HDV with SD capabilities

    We have yet to produce an HD project so everything is SD. If I were buying a camera today, I'd purchase the best HD camera I could afford but would make sure it had SD capabilities. I believe I'll have another 2+ years before my clients start asking for HD on a large scale. I plan to rent whatever gear needed in the meantime instead of purchasing new.

    Kris Simmons
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    My questions about SD and HDV brought me to this fantastic site.

    I was concerned about quality, so I bought a HD prosumer cam for a few thousand less than a higher end SD cam. I downconvert to SD and it is far better than any SD cam I have owned.
    As well, the future proofing that Dave mentioned is a good idea. The only thing to consider when working with HDV is the computer and software you own handling the format. SD is far easier to work with in that regards.

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