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Old May 23rd, 2007, 02:36 PM   #1
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How fast is the A1?

Playing with a JVC HD200 I encountered that it takes a few seconds from hitting REC until the tape moves. Since I do event video I want to know:
a) how long does it take from power on to a recorded clip (have a try counting loud 1-10 while switching on and REC)

b) how long does it take when the cam is already switched on?

With my PANA DVC200 (shoulder cam) it takes ~1s to start, I dont want to give up being fast (see, focus , shoot)

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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Startup of the A1 is pretty fast.

But pushing on the rec button, the reaction time varies. Sometimes, it departs immediately, sometimes it takes a few seconds. Very strange, but I assume this has to do with the MPEG/long GOP streaming & positioning of I-frames.

It's not like f.i. a VX2K, taking some time to start-up, but departing immediately after pushing on the rec-button.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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All the cameras that I know have a head saving feature.
After the camera has been in record/standby mode for a while the heads stop to save wear.
Then it takes what seems to be an eternity when you are missing something, but it really takes just a few seconds.
The quickest cameras are the ones that do not record to tape like the Panasonic HVX 200 that records to P2 or the Firestore.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 03:34 PM   #4
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As long as you're in standby mode it starts instantly. But, as mentioned above, like any camera it will revert to the save mode after awhile.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the explanations.

Of course, spedding up the tape drum (from standby) takes a while - I had the impression that the HD200 even takes a few seconds when you just stopped (paused) recording 10 seconds ago...

I guess I will replace my VX2000 by the A1...

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Old May 25th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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What I did was turn off the power save mode (I think that's what it's called). That way the camera doesn't switch out of standby all the time.
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What I did was turn off the power save mode (I think that's what it's called). That way the camera doesn't switch out of standby all the time.
Bill, I did this from day one, & it still will go into save mode (don't know the time frame), but at least it doesn't power down :)

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Old May 25th, 2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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Yeah, it still goes into the save mode, but not for quite awhile. All cameras I've used do that, but with that power save on, it shuts down after a minute or two. Normally the save mode isn't bothersome, but if you're hanging out waiting on something to happen, it may cause a problem if you don't stay on top of it and make sure you're in standby periodically.
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