mpeg2 vs hd

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by icedmocha, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. icedmocha macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    I am considering three cameras, the Canon hf10 ($600), Panasonic HDC-HS99 $400), and the Cannon hs100 (mpeg2, $250). Are the differences between hd and mpeg huge? How do download times compare? Thanks.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The first two cameras use the more advanced AVCHD codec (based on.H264/MPEG-4) while the other uses an older MPEG-2 codec.

    As I don't know about the data rates the cameras use, so I can't say how big the files get. AVCHD typically uses 17MB/s.

    As they seem to record on SD(HC) cards, it all depends on the reader you use.

    I would say, the cameras using the AVCHD codec are better in image quality, compared to the MPEG-2 camera. HDV would be even better, as it is tape based and has a data rate of approx. 25 MB/s and a more stable codec.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    mpeg2 vs hd?

    MPEG-2 is a compression standard, not a definition specification. To the contrary, all HD broadcasts in the USA use the MPEG-2 standard.
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    H.264 and Mpeg 4 are also slowly being introduced. Motorola's next cable box will have MP4 hardware decoding.

    to OP:
    - download times will be fast for all three as they are flash based and thus file based transfers.
    - time will be a factor when you are rendering/transcoding the files. That time is dependent on the power of your machine.

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