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Sports video - Slow motion video - Progressive Scan?

by Rick R / November 30, 2004 2:34 AM PST

I am purchasing a camcorder (under $500.00) which the principal use will be to video boys participating in different sports activities (such as hitting a baseball) and running the pictures in slow motionto analyze their swing and compare it with earlier swings.

Two questions:

1. Can you recommend software to use for this?

2. Will a camera that shoots progressive scan (such as the Canon ZR series) have a clearer image when shown in slow motion?

Any recommendations for a camera for this use?


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Re: Sports video - Slow motion video - Progressive Scan?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2004 3:21 AM PST

Put "Media Player Classic" into and that player can play in slowmo.


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Re: Sports video - Slow motion video - Progressive Scan?
by frankzxcv / November 30, 2004 5:48 AM PST

progressive scan should look a whole lot clearer than interlaced.

irfanview will play video in slow motion (free) but doesn't always see the codecs of DV. - fj

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Sports video - Slow motion video - Progressive Scan?
by richalt / January 24, 2005 1:19 PM PST

Rick, I strongly recommend progressive scan for
sports video. I have been using the JVC DV2000 for
2 years now, on 10s of basketball games. I really
like the slow motion and freeze playback yielding
a clear image!
I have settled in on 2 packages to suggest for getting
that material to DVD, and preserve reasonable quality.
I use Ulead's DVD Movie Factory to capture from the
camera, being sure to select "AVI" format.
I use tmpgenc (see ) to do the
compression from the raw format to MPEG-2. Be sure
to select "progressive" as the input and output format in tmpgenc.

You can import the mpeg-2 result into DVD Movie Factory
to then burn a DVD, being very careful not to trim
the image at all! Do your trimming in tmpgenc.
If you trim it, then MovieFactory
goes into some kind of conversion, and I try to avoid
unknown conversion steps.

The resulting DVD fairly well preserves the freeze
and slow motion image quality.

Hope this helps,

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Sports video - Slow motion video - Progressive Scan?
by jcrobso / February 15, 2005 1:43 AM PST

FYI, any time you are watching NTSC video on a computer it will be progressive scan, that is how the software showes it. If you are watching NTSC video on a regular tv
it will be interlaced. John

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