In a hard learned lesson, as technology seems to still be growing exponentially the camera I utilized during production of "Cannibal Possession: Heart of Ice" turned out to create a series of headaches down the road.
To make a long story short, to meet the requirements for online streaming services such as Netflix, the format and settings I had my camera at caused me weeks of headaches trying to get it all right.
As a warning to fellow filmmakers, i thought I would share my pain with you.
*WARNING* Technical jibber jabber ahead:
Formatting for DVD is not really an issue, but for online streaming is another matter. You see I decided early on to keep the look as "cinematic" as possible I set my camera to shoot at 24 fps (frames per second) to keep in line with celluloid standards. Video shoots at 30 fps, but my Sony HVR V1U keeps it at 30 fps with foresight you can convert it later to 24.
The only problem, sometimes when you shut the camera off/change battery/change tape, the settings revert back to it default settings at 30fps. That or I'm just stupid. Down the road this causes problems when you transfer the footage into your editing timeline as "mixed footage".
First the issue was "blended frames" , which is common for my footage as my camera shoots at 1080i, and mixes the frames to create a certain look. Well, online streaming doesn't like it. And frankly as you see below, it looks terrible in freeze frame: