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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 HD Chicken Test

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Published on Sep 13, 2009

First test of my new high definition Lumix FZ35 with my pet bantam chickens. To appreciate the HD click on the YouTube HD button when using a very high speed connection and fast computer. In my view the Lumix FZ35 is extraordinary not only for its features as a camera but its exceptional smarts that go beyond ordinary design expectations.

The chickens are now 5.2 months old. The hens started laying at 4.5 months. Two of the hens are Silver Duckwings. I believe the oddly marked hen is a Silver Seabright whose brown feathers are starting to turn white. The rooster and brown hen resemble a Light Brown Dutch, locally referred to by some as a BB Brown.

Oct 27, 2009 addition:

These are small bantam chickens about the size of my hand. The video was shot in wide angle with the chickens so close that in one instance you can hear a hen pecking the lens.

The clip was shot in HD MOV format and consumed 738,257,422 bytes.

In response to several questions I answer with the caveat that I am new to the field of digital filmmaking.

I feel it is best to shoot on a good camera at the highest resolution reasonably possible notwithstanding increased memory and expense burdens. My view is to take the optimistic stance. One day, given enough use of the camera, you or I will shoot something that is exceptional or a clip we shot will find its way into an important work. At that time very high resolution may be essential.

As I indicated in my second video, shot with AVCHD Lite (mts), I used the Koyote Soft Free AVCHD Converter v1.0 to transfer from mts to mpg. This reduced file size 38.5% and made uploading to YouTube easier. Extrapolating from my two videos, the gig per hour memory requirements would have been: 4.2 for the transferred mpg, 6.8 for mts, and 14.1 for my previous mov HD video. The converter ran nicely on Windows 2000.

I feel AVCHD is very good format. I now use it exclusively when shooting and will probably transfer AVCHD to AVI for editing. AVCHD reduces the memory load in the camera while retaining good resolution and picture quality. My view now is that there is some irreducible point of compression, which if you go beyond, significantly reduces quality.

In the following table 24 mbps reflects professional 1080 full HD memory usage. The remaining formats show memory usage on the Lumix FZ35. I hope the table is readable on your screen.

mbps Gig per hour
24 full HD10.8
17 HD SH 7.65
13 H 5.85
9 L 4.05

I have been asked if I would supply the original. If it is not an excessive burden on me, I would be willing to upload the file to an email account or a site that downloads video files.

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