SD vs HD to SD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by CMD is me, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    Anyone compare a standard def recording to a HD converted down to SD? I'm getting a HDV camcorder and wondering what to expect when burning HD iMovies to SD DVD. I plan to get an AppleTV, but will end up making a DVD just for sharing with the family.
  2. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    The consensus seems to be (at least with the Canon HV20/30) is that HDV downconverted to SD yields a better picture over SD.
  3. icrude macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    I have a canon XH A1 and I've ran this test several times on different occasions.

    ANSWER: Shoot in SD if u want SD. Shoot in HDV if you want HDV. Any codec conversion or down scaling will give slight pixelation around object edges.
  4. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I prefer HD to SD. It offers more flexibility and "future proofs" your stuff.
  5. CMD is me thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    Thanks. So its 2 to 1 :)

    Once I get a HD camera I will always be shooting in HD. I was curious how the final video would look if burned as a SD DVD for sharing with others. I plan to also get an AppleTV for computer to HDTV viewing, but not taking with me to family/friends.
  6. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2007
    Warminster, PA
    I can vouch for iCrude. I've seen sharpness be affected to an extent without major manipulation.

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