Pat and Everyone else, PLEASE TAKE THIS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT...lolol
I would give up most everything to be the still photographer on a movie set!!!!
I came to still photography because of my video business.
Still work has made me a much better videographer!!
I haven't seen any "stills" pulled from the newer cameras, and I haven't looked into them yet. Do these new breed of cameras shoot "interlaced" video or "progressive" ?
We have been using HD "interlaced" cameras the last 3 years, due to expense, but are planning on moving up to "progressive" after this season. I have yet to pull a decent still from any footage I've shot. The nature of video being to capture "moving footage", and a still to "freeze" a moment in time.
If the new cameras are shooting progressive scan footage, ummmm maybe. I don't think video will have the control of, stop values, iso, etc... that you get from a still camera...
The eye and brain views a video and processes it totaly different from a still picture. A still photo makes you stop and take it all in, where a video moves constantly not allowing any time to evaluate the image.
If you go on any movie production set you will find a "still photographer" lurking in the shadows and they are being paid to be there! When ya see the end "credits" rolling along, you will see someones name listed: "Director of Photography".
All video is based on photography.
I have been wrong on many occasions though....
My hillbilly thoughts on it all!