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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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HG10 or HV20 to match XH-A1?

I am thinking of getting the Canon HD10 (hard drive based) camcorder to match my two A1's for a stationary b-roll cam. Anyone out there know how well it matches to the A1? I've used the HV20 and it matches well, but frankly, I want a camera that can record continuously to cover tape changes for multi-camera live shoots.

Anyone using the HG10 in 24p mode? I read some reviews of the avchd codec having issues with the 24p mode.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #2
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FWIW: Videomaker just published a review of the Canon HG-10. You can read it at their web site.

As you noted, NLE support for AVCHD format is expanding, but not as widespread as HDV yet.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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Pro's for the HV20

HV20 can be used as deck for the (far more expensive) A1's footage, AND supports the A1's F-based footage as capture engine.

HDV is better supported than AVCHD, that whatever they may say, still has to become a mainstream standard. For the same money, this is one of the many 'never made it' standards that's thrown on the junkyard over some months because it did not make enough money. HDV is around for some time now.

HDD devices are usualy more power hungry than tape devices

HV20 is bulkier, but by that, its shape fits good in manipulation by hand. The smaller, the more difficult to get a good, stable balance
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Old November 12th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #4
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if you leave a couple of minutes between pressing record on the HV20 at the start of the job that should provide you with enought time to change tapes on the A1 before the HV20's tape runs out. This is the way I try to do it and when I can do it this way its a pleasure.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #5
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I would stay with the HDV codec too. What I've done in the past on long shoots is to start the second camera about 5 minutes after the first one. That way it'll be running for sure when you change tapes in camera one. Then you can lock down camera one and change out camera two.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input everyone. I agree- HDV with the HV20 plus off-setting the tapes 5 minutes apart is the best answer combined with the A1. Eventually HDD is where I want to go, but not yet.
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