hpx170

If you are in 3rd and 4th year you may be using the Panasonic HPX-170P.

There are many more formats on the Panasonic than the Canon DLSR. This is because the video codec the camera uses is DVCPRO-HD which stores the video data exclusively as interlaced video. Here are the formats you should consider using:

1080i/24PA

These record a 1280×1080 pixel image as 24 frames inside an interlaced file. When you bring this into your editing software,  two thigns happen: first it is stretched to the full 1920×1080 and second the 24 progressive frames are reconstituted with 3:2 pulldown from the interlaced footage. With this codec and the TWO 32gb cards provided with the camera you should be able to shoot approximately: 32 minutes.

720P/24PN

These record a 960 x 720 pixel image as progressive NATIVE – that means you get true progressive and no filler caused by the transcoding to interlace. The 960 x 1280 is stretched to a full 16:9 1280 x 720 in post production. Use this for documentaries if you are on location without access to a computer to dump your files to when the cards fill up. With this codec and the TWO 32gb cards provided with the camera you should be able to shoot approximately: 218 minutes.

720P/60P

Use this for shots you wish to later slow down i.e. slow motion.

For more information about this camera: watch this informative video series from the Yukon Film Society.
Informative forum post about these formats.

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