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Sony Handycam VX2000 and widescreen

by TheDejos / March 22, 2010 1:04 AM PDT


Anyone out there that can give me a few ideas for a situation I'm dealing with with my camera? The scenario is this, I'm using the Sony Handycam vx2000 for a church setting, recording sermons and announcements etc for both archival purposes and for distribution on our website. I've gone with a 16:9 aspect ration because I think trends lean towards that and I've found that the novices on my team seem to be able to frame their shots better working at that aspect ratio and the footage always seems more engaging.

The problem is that the camera was loaned to my group by a person who also would like to take the video footage to a local public access tv station for broadcast. Apparently the tv station requires VHS (yick.) My team doesn't have a lot of free time so it's a stretch to do what we're doing as it is. We'd like to accommodate this person though since we're working with his equipment.

He doesn't care if it's edited and cleaned so what we'd first tried was to use the RCA outputs on the camera to go straight to a vcr and record it to a VHS tape. However it seems that the RCA outputs a 4:3 image and it squishes our widescreen into an unusable image. I haven't been able to find any settings in the camera to resolve this.

Does anyone have any thoughts on any other methodology that might permit me to get my widescreen footage onto the VHS?

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