New Kodak Zi3 (Playsport) and iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by JDDavis, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. JDDavis macrumors 65816


    Jan 16, 2009
    Ok, just got my new Kodak Playsport pocket camera and here is what it can shoot in:

    1080p—1920 x 1080, 30 fps
    720p / 60 fps—1280 x 720, 60 fps
    720p—1280 x 720, 30 fps
    WVGA—848 x 480, 30 fps

    I haven't tried it yet, still in the box but I wanted to ask a quick question on what the preferred mode might be for best compatibility with iTunes/iMovie/AppleTV. My going in position is to shoot everything in 1080p 30fps and then down convert but I was wondering if 720p 60fps might work better. I'm guessing though I'll loose the 60fps going to ATV. Not sure if anyone has any experience with this camera yet.

    Any initial opinions? Thanks in advance.
  2. matteusclement macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    60 fps is good

    dont quite get what you mean about your message... but I can say this:

    60fps is going to be AWESOME for slow motion stuff. Simply awesome.
    60FPS is also great for action stuff, including riding motor vehicles

    I guess in theory, 60fps is also going to be 2x the size? but since you can shoot at 1080p @ 30fps, it wouldn't be???

    If it was me, I'd always go for 60FPS unless you were shooting movies or documentaries....

    NOTE: when ever possible, see if you can get an external condenser mic that runs on batteries. Great video is NOTHING with out great sound. Audio Technica sell great mics.

    AND AS ALWAYS: what is your final output? DVD, BLU RAY, YOUTUBE? what computer are you on? what OS are you using? what version of software are you using?
  3. JDDavis thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 16, 2009
    Well, I'm just really looking for the best setting to shoot the original footage in for compatibility with iMovie08, iTunes, and Apple TV. The camera shoots in 1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps, and 720p 30fps. Apple TV would be my final output and where the movies will be watched the most. I know it's only capable of 720p and I think 24fps? But I want the original footage to be the highest quality in case we ever get to 1080p on the ATV.

    So for now I'm guessing when I export out of iMovie 08 it will be down converting the 1080p 30fps and it will down convert the 720p 60fps. Thinking about it I would probably shoot mostly in 1080p and then try the 720p 60fps for action stuff. Any thoughts, or experience about putting 720p 60fps through iMovie?

    Thanks for the info.

    Edit: As I thought Apple TV does 1280x720 at 24fps and 960x540 at 30fps. From further reading it looks like iMovie 08 can import the 60fps but not export it. I didn't think it could. I wonder what is best to give it to export to 24fps...30fps or 60fps? I'll just have to save the unedited originals until there are more options with iMovie and Apple TV.

    Edit again: I guess there is a way to export at 60fps from iMovie but of course Apple TV will not be able to play it. So perhaps I'll be able to save an edited version at 60fps for future use and just let iMovie do it's thing for Apple TV fo now.

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