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What should I know about HD video?

Seminars and Conference Videotaping



In the past, if a client wanted "raw footage", we could simply hand over the tapes, or create an AVI file that they could then edit with most software programs. Today is the age of "tapeless" videotaping, which means, client's receive a DVD or the footage is saved onto an external hard drive and delivered to the client.


One thing that you need to consider is simply, are you a PC user or an Apple user. Some external hard drives are formatted specifically for Apple (FAT32), so you may not be able to use it on a PC. We can still get the footage to you, we just need to know ahead of time so we have the right equipment on hand to get the files to you.


Additionally, not all HD footage is the same. Some cameras shoot in a proprietary HD file format, such as Sony uses MXF files. Most consumer cameras use a common file format called AHDVC, HD cameras that use tape, shoot in the HDV format.


Furthermore, some HD video is "progressive" or "interlaced", and shot in 24 frames per second and 30 frames per second, respectively.


Lastly, there are different frame sizes to different HD video formats:






4k & 8k


So what does all this mean for me, you may be asking yourself? Simple, whenever you are outsourcing a video project, be sure to talk to the company in detail, and be very specific about your needs. If you don't know what you need, that is fine, we'll always find out what your are using it for and we'll be sure to deliver the right type of video for your project.


At the end of the day, HD video is a significant improvement over SD (standard definition), but the flip side of the coin is that video has become more complicated and more difficult for the lay person to do their own editing.



Piece of advice

We tend to keep our clients because they know what the deliverables are, before the start of a project or event. We don't promise what we can't deliver and we won't sub-contract the work either. If you're not sure what you need, call us, we'll discuss your project with you and recommend a course of action. In most cases we can also send a video clip of something similar, so you can see the quality before booking our services.













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