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Monday, July 26, 2004
Riddle Me This...
First, check out this review of the brandy-new Canon XL2 DV camera. Make sure to take note of a certain new feature that this camera boasts: Selectable 24p and 30p recording modes. The selector looks like this:
That little switch may not seem all that impressive to you, but to me it's fucking cosmically wonderous.
Of course, as the XL2 is the successor to Canon's now-legendary XL1S, this beautiful new beast would cost me somewhere in the thousands. Thousands that I ain't got.
Can anyone tell me what's so expensive about making a camera that captures twenty-four complete pictures a second instead of sixty half-pictures a second? Is it somehow technologically cost-prohibitive to make a camera for around five hunnert bucks that can do that? (I can't even begin to imagine how that could be so.) Are corporate politics at work here? Does some agenda-having Hollywood higher-up want to keep young, poor, wanna-be filmmakers wallowing in the home-video mire and out of the sexy, sexy, 24p "film look" realm for as long as possible?
What's the deal?
Who's profiting here? Somehow, somebody somewhere is making money from not allowing "commoners" access to affordable, easily-editable 24p digital shooting. I want to know who, and why.