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Color Sampling for different cameras [ANSWER]

Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 1:41am

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lwmedia

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Hi!

I use a Panasonic 3CCD camcorder... when I start a project in CompositeLab/EffectsLab, should I select 4:4:4 for the colour sampling? (AS there is one CCD for each primary color???)

Should I select 4:4:4 if I am editing animations?
Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 4:29am

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Logan White wrote:

I use a Panasonic 3CCD camcorder... when I start a project in CompositeLab/EffectsLab, should I select 4:4:4 for the colour sampling? (AS there is one CCD for each primary color???)
Your 3 chip camera means that the light is captured on 3 separate CCDs, but this has no relation to the colour sampling used by the codec.

If your camera is MiniDV then you should stick with the default colour sampling that the project preset selects.

E.g. NTSV DV is 4:1:1 and PAL DV is 4:2:0

Logan White wrote:

Should I select 4:4:4 if I am editing animations?
What kind of animations do you mean? If it's video shot with your video camera, then no, stick with the project preset defaults. But if you're doing animation from a series of still photos taken with a digital still camera, then yes, 4:4:4 may be more appropriate (depending on the image compression, though).
Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 2:02pm

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I meant rendered 3d/CG animations.
Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 11:15pm

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Logan White wrote:

I meant rendered 3d/CG animations.
In that case, it depends on what codec you render your CG to.

E.g. if you render to an uncompressed AVI video then it will be 4:4:4. But if you render to DV AVI then it will be 4:1:1 (NTSC) or 4:2:0 (PAL).