You will inevitably suffer a loss of quality if you record DV footage (what
I assume you mean by digital 3CCD camera) onto S-VHS.  So the quality will
not be as high as that recorded by the digital camera, by a significant

The quality of the finished product is ultimately determined by what you
record it onto.  So if you record onto S-VHS you will get S-VHS quality.
Which is fine if you intend to distribute your recordings on VHS or S-VHS,
but for, say, broadcast purposes it's unacceptable.  The rule is generally
this - keep the quality level as high as possible throughout the production
process and only downgrade to your distribution medium when necessary.


Iain Duncan
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> Date:    Wed, 16 Feb 2000 22:28:16 -0800
> From:    Steve Sharma <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Tech question: video cameras
> I have recently began working with a small video production company.
> The owner has limited knowledge of video equipment.
> In order to save money, one of the employees has suggested using=20
> one digital camera (with 3 CCDs) and several SVHS cameras.
> He believes that if we use the digital camera like a mixer and plug all=20
> of the SVHS cameras into it, then the quality of the finished product
> will be that of the digital camera.
> I am worried that the footage shot on the SVHS cameras will not be of =
> the same quality as the digital camera (the quality that we need).

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