It’s been a while since I have talked about anything related to film making rather than film reviews, but it has been on my mind a lot so you can expect a few more posts like this one discussing different elements of the film making process.
As a filmmaker I am constantly looking for the best equipment to accompany my shoots, the most prominent of which being the camera. In the past I have mainly had experience using the Sony XDCAM PXW-X180 to shoot which is great for HD shoots, I have also had a lot of experience filming with DSLR Camera’s which are also great for HD shoots, but I prefer the Sony XDCAM. Now I have never had the pleasurable of working with a 4K Camera, but would really like to and therefore have been looking at some of the best options. Recently Panasonic 4K camcorders have come to my attention for a number of reasons.
The Panasonic HC-X1000E 4K camcorder, which was released 10 months ago, is the perfect size for shooting on the go and, according to reviews, has great battery life so long outdoor shoots would be feasible (As long as you had enough SD card storage, 4K takes up a lot of memory). Not only do they have great reviews on many websites (Expertreviews.co.uk, Kagoo.com are the most informative), but they also have great specs and as stated about record in 4K.
So what is 4K? 4K is 4096 x 2160 pixels compared to 1080p which is 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p being High Definition). In other words 4K has much better picture quality than HD (and a lot higher file sizes). So the main benefits of 4K are sharper video footage, more control over images in post-production e.g. less grain on footage, better stabilization and it makes it easier to crop or resize images. Inevitably 4K is going to be the norm pretty soon as it is very quickly rising as as the best way to shoot a film or television show and we’re all fans of great quality footage/images so there is likely high demand for it.
Will you be making the transition from HD to 4K?