In my last article, I talked about the potential advantages of HDSLR shooting over cameras like the AF100. Â But at the end of the day, the AF100 (assuming it is as good as promised) is still the better camera for HD video capture. Â Problems like aliasing, moire and pixel skipping will hinder a HDSLR from being the perfect HD camera.
…but let me ask you a question. Â “What is your application?”
Let me explain…
I shoot commercials, corporate videos, viral videos, short films, promotions, etc. Â I’m almost always shooting in HD….but….the footage usually ends up in SD. Â Most TV stations I work with can’t broadcast HD with their equipment so they prefer SD. Â Most web videos are short and clients don’t want their audience to have to wait for it to load so it’s SD. Â DVDs are SD.
I recently shot a short intro action movie for a conference. Â We shot it in HD…edited in HD…color graded in HD…but had to output to SD for projection and for DVD duplication. Â In fact, the only HD version available is on the portfolio section of my website.
So what is my application? Â SD
When you down convert HDSLR footage to SD, most of the aliasing and a good portion of the moire isn’t asÂ visible.
Cameras like the AF100 still have their advantages: built in XLR inputs, ND filters, metering, clean HDMI and HD-SDI outs, etc. Â And a very important point is, if you are shooting something that may end up in HD someday, it’s good toÂ acquireÂ it in the best possible form, essentially “future-proofing” your footage. Â If your client is paying for HD, they should get high quality HD.