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Photo quality from video frame

by verna / November 29, 2004 10:57 PM PST

One of the things we want to be able to do with a video camera (minidv) is to capture a single frame from a video for use as a still photo on our web site. Question is: Are these photos of decent quality for use on the web? I've seen some comments indicating they are marginal. Are any brands better than others? What should I look for to get the best quality at the frame level? I do not have access to a video camera to test this on my own.

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Re: Photo quality from video frame
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 29, 2004 11:08 PM PST

"I've seen some comments indicating they are marginal. Are any brands better than others? What should I look for to get the best quality at the frame level? I do not have access to a video camera to test this on my own."

1. Again. MARGINAL.
2. A frame that looks better. Try the prior or next frame..
3. No need to test. Video is all of 640x400 ratty pixels at best. It is not a series of Digital Camera pictures.

If you really want that, then you may have to look at DVPRO cameras.

bob

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They look pretty bad in their raw form, but they can be
by Kiddpeat / November 30, 2004 4:46 AM PST

cleaned up in a photo editor. It takes some time, but can be done. One advantage you have going for you is that you want to use them on the web. Most monitors display about 72dpi, so, if you don't try to go full screen, the video 'picture' may look OK.

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Re: Photo quality from video frame
by frankzxcv / November 30, 2004 5:25 AM PST

if it's very well lit you can get usable pix for small half-tone printing and the like, but doubtful you will get anything beyond. bottom line is, if you want consistenetly good stills, get a still camera. --fj

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Re: Photo quality from video frame
by dlykins / November 30, 2004 2:13 PM PST

I have the same question...and have done some research.but have not tested it myself.

I understand it will not be a high quality still shot,, as the resolution is less than 1 mega pixel even on the top of the line sony's. (maybe the high defintion $3000 sony is an exception)..

but the normal sony camecorders only record video at 600,000 pixels or less...where a good digital camera from sony (model 150) is 7.2mega pixel per shot...(see the difference here).. you can print really good still photos at 7.2 mega pixels but anything less than 4mega pixel is not a good print...

let me know what you conclude,, we can share ideas.

DOn Lykins
513-722-4924
dlykins0@yahoo.com

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