i did a search in the forum before beginning this thread, and i didn't find any solutions to this.
i have shot some hdv footage with my hv30, and on the camera screen, it looks fine. however after capturing it using final cut, i see a lot of pixelating and grain especially in the skin gradients (when i put my onscreen monitor to 50- 100%). also, when i do aggressive color correction, the pixelating worsens and i begin to see color banding in the gradients.
i have been using native hdv, but i heard that using a good codec when capturing footage should give more color space. i tried using prores and sheervideo, but prores gives a much bigger file and i don't see any significant change. sheervideo claim that you can change 8 bit 4:2:0 footage to 10 bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 and benefit from the better color space. does this only apply when you are using a special capture card or via hdmi, or will it work with footage captured via firewire as well?
is there something am missing? am i doing something wrong? i have seen footage on vimeo from the hv30 and the image looks very clear with no banding even in low light situation. why am i getting a bad image? please help........................!