Hi. I've just got the HV20, and though I've been working in Photoshop and web and print design for years, the world of video is quite new to me. I have been reading tons, but have been unable to make my actual videos look good.
I need to film instructional videos. These are mostly just teachers talking and writing on a whiteboard. The camera is stationary on a tripod, and the whiteboard fills the entire shot. The teacher is standing in front of the whiteboard, filmed from about the waist up.
On my first try, I messed with the 24p mode, and I managed to do all the pulldown and such, but I think for the type of videos I'll be producing, I don't need this cinematic effect enough for it to be worth the extra effort. So from now on, I think I'll be filming in 60i HDV mode.
My main problem is with the color balance and shutter/aperture settings. I'm filming indoors in a small room with 8 flourescent overhead lights. It's pretty bright... and yet my footage comes out quite dark. In Premiere, I can up the gamma a little, and bring the White down from 255 to 140 in the Levels panel, and that brightens it up adequately, but I'm sure it would be ideal to capture the footage at the correct brightness. One issue is that the footage appears MUCH brighter on the camera than it does after I transfer it to the computer. If I up the exposure more than a notch or two, I start bleaching out detail, including the stuff the teachers are writing on the board. What about white balance and so on? Anybody got any ideas what settings would be ideal?
My second problem is with some strange artifacts I'm seeing in my 60i footage. When the person in front of the board moves, there are very prominent weird jagged lines around his edges. When he stands still, it looks sharp and good. I'm using the CineForm HDLink trial, and I'm thinking this problem is happening because I'm not importing the footage correctly through that software. It didn't happen when I imported the 24p footage using HDLink. I've left it on High quality, automatic detection of interlaced/progressive, and haven't checked the options for pulldown or interlacing removal... can any point to correct settings for importing 60i footage using HDLink?
I'd appreciate help with either of these problems.