Workflow for Web?
OK, I just got the HV20 the other day and am blown away with the quality of the video this thing can produce. I also own 2 Canon MV900 SD cameras that don't deliver high enough detail in anything but direct sunlight. I bought the HV20 to explore using video on commercial websites for things like product demos and short promotional clips. By the way, I am in Italy and am using the PAL version and prefer the quality of the 25p over the 50i.
Question 1. Does anyone achieve better results using HD video instead of SD when converting to FLV? I seem to be getting better results with SD. I am getting better results shooting in HDV 25p and then exporting SD with the camera in DV lock than using the HD video and converting in post.
Question 2. Has anyone compared the difference in quality between the camera shooting HD and converting in camera to SD, or to shooting DV directly? I ask because the quality of the in camera down converted video to SD is remarkably close in quality to the original HD video.
Question 3. Multicam workflow with mixed media on the timeline? I prefer to use a multicamera setup with at least two cameras, and bought the HV20 to be the center, anchor camera and let the two MV900's get the close up shots and other angles. It seems in premiere that multicam editing with HD and SD in the timeline is not so easy, and my trial of Aspect HD isn't working out for me. Anyone doing multicam in Premiere with mixed HD and SD media?
Thanks in advance for any insight into my questions, especially numbers 1 and 3. I hope my initial exploration here helps others whose final destination is the Web. So far, from my limited experience, it seems better to shoot in HDV then use the in camera conversion to SD for material destined for the web. This way I have a HD version always available for other uses, such as display on plasma TVs and the like.