Hi everyone! Just purchased an HV20 because of all the rave reviews. This is my first ever HDV camera, so please bear with me
I am very impressed with the "day" trial videos that I have taken. What clarity, even with regular mini-DV tapes!
Well, since I live in Vancouver and yesterday was a great day (we rarely get sun at this time of the year) I decided to drive down to Stanley Park and take some "night" video looking across the harbor into the brightly light downtown skyline. When I got home, I transferred the video using my HDMI connection into my BlackMagic Intensity Pro capture card @ 1920 x 1080 as opposed to the 1440 x 1080 if I used firewire.
Anyway, the result was a very grainy but clear video looking across the water into the downtown skyline. I checked the exterior button settings on my camera and I noticed that it was NOT on "Auto" and was on "P" which would mean that it would have been a programmed setting. I have shot video in the house at night with incandescent lighting and it had no grain at all. But I don't know if it was on the AUTO or P setting, since I have never changed any of the settings, unless of course I accidentally nudged the button over.
Well, all I want to know is what would be the ideal settings if I were to re-take the night harbor video. And if you could possibly explain why I got such a grainy shot of the harbor using the P setting. BTW, I just used a standard TDK mini-DV tape, which yielded very clear (and not grainy) day shots.
Thanks in advance to those who reply!