got a sony handycam as a present, a few questions

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by redgaz26, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
    hi all, my dad gave me a sony handycam today its a DCR SX30E, it's not HD which I'm not to bothered about seen my dad gave me it:rolleyes::rolleyes:
    anyway a few questions, I'm using imovie to import and edit my videos and somehow I managed to create an HD movie and I can't remember how I did it??
    can imovie really create an hd movie when the source files were not hd to begin with??
    also why is there not an option to export to apple tv in hd? seems strange when most of us with apple tv have it attached to an hd tv.
    anyone clear these up for me???
    anyway here's a video I made earlier nothing to good I was just trying the camera out

    the watch in hd option is there so is this hd or not:confused::confused:
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    If you take something thats not HD, like from your Handycam, and it turns it to will look horrible.

    You cannot make picture quality better than what it was when you recorded aka your standard def. footage will not be HD but stretch to fit HD sizes (pixels will be blurry/fuzzy).

    I don't use iMovie or have it installed, but try checking the Import preferences or preferences in general.

    EDIT: To clarify, iMovie might be converting your Standard def. footage to an HD resolution accidentally. It is technically HD, but the image quality is worse. Maybe someone else can help me word it better.
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    are you sure its might be 16x9 SD check the resolution.
  4. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah

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