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Video Resolution settings

Sheriff Nov 28, 2012 09:09AM MST

What video resolutions are ideal for what type of filming? What works best for screen stills? (ContourHD 1080p)

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Hi Sheriff,

Thanks for contacting Contour Technical Support. There is not one good answer to that question since it depends so much in the specifics of the situation. As a rule, 60FPS is better for action but that is not always true.

You also need to consider the lighting and exposure at the time of the recording, and also what size you will be using the final video. For example, if you are posting a video to the web it will likely be downscaled to 480p or 320p so larger video resolutions do not impact the end video that much.

As for still photos, it does not matter what video resolution you use. Still photos taken from video will always be of lower quality than the video that they are taken from. When a camera takes a still photo, it captures information from all the pixels on the sensor at one. When shooting video, the camera captures the pixel data a line at a time from top to bottom.

This means that the data is captured differently and that a still frame from a video is not like a still frame from an old film movie.
Todd Nov 28, 2012 11:19AM MST CONTOUR Agent
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I've a ContourRoam camera. What is the difference (technical) between 1080p/high quality and 720p/high quality ? The result (quality oh the video) is the same ? The difference is only the field of view ? Thanks for your answer.
Pascal Dec 29, 2012 03:36PM MST
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Hi Pascal,

The difference is in the image size. The 1080p is a larger overall picture size and is higher quality since it has more lines of image it can display.
Todd Dec 29, 2012 04:13PM MST CONTOUR Agent

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