Apocalypse the Other Day: JVC HM30 (24p from 60p) goofing around
Well picked up a JVC HM30 720p camcorder that shoots 60fps to maybe be a knock about cheapie camcorder to be a 2nd camera to my big JVC HD110, and wanted to see how much I could push and abuse the AVCHD-Lite format and camera. Since my friend Sean was going to be in town with his boat, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to find out how much I could stress the AVCHD-Lite format. I also wanted to see how easy could i use 60p source material in with my standard 24p format. Running OLD Final Cut Pro and OLD imovie….. iMovie injested and converted the AVCHD-Lite format into a quicktime movie in about 1/2 of real time.. maybe less. then drag and drop into Final Cut Pro 5 (yes it’s that old) and cut someting together. It was just as simple as it sounded. With the newer Final Cut Pro, there should be no need to import footage via iMovie. As far as the JVC HM30 camera goes. The color gama was pleasantly close to my JVC ProHD gear. The severe lack of any practical controls is a drawback. The shutter and aperture are not adjustable directly nor is there a “LOCK” for the exposure control. To be fair, virtualy none of any camcorders under $500 do that, nor does anything under $1000 do it easily. To get practical control you have to move up to $3000 JVC HM100 or a Panasonic DVX100b (SD but 24p) or possibly one of the newer AVCHD Panasonics that look like the older DVX100. As far this footage? With the lack of shutter control the shutterspeed walks up and down to compensate for …
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