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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #1
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FS-5 equivalent for Canon Cameras?

Focus Enhancements has introduced a new and much smaller FS-5 external digital recorder, however a B & H rep. informed me that it does not support the 24f and 30f Canon formats which are supported by the FS-C unit. I have the FS-C unit and find it a wonderful tool for my XL-H1, XH-G1 and HV-30 camera's. Is there any information available as to the introduction of a Canon compatible FS-5 equivalent unit.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 10:02 PM   #2
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I was told at NAB...that the FS-5 WOULD support 24 and 30 F. Has anyone tried on yet ?
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Old July 11th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #3
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Input from Focus Dealer

Hi Terry,

Thank you for your interest in Focus Enhancements. Unfortunately the FS-5 will not support the Canon's proprietorial recording modes like the 24f and 30f mode. These are only available on the FS-C because it is made only for Canon cameras and sold exclusively by Canon. We have not yet made a FS-5 unit for Canon cameras yet any information on that would be available on our front page of the website in the future if we do make one. I am sorry that someone informed you that the FS-5 was compatible with Canon's proprietorial modes at NAB. Who told you this? Let me know if there is any other way I can assist you. Below is a description of our FS-5.

Featuring a backlit color display, an easy-to-use menu system, a 100GB hard drive, and a removable, rechargeable battery, the Focus FS-5 is the perfect DTE companion for your HDV or DV camcorder. Audio, video, timecode, and control information is passed through a single FireWire cable, allowing you to record to disk or to disk and tape simultaneously.

Designed for use in even the roughest conditions, the FS-5 includes a 10-second electronic shock cache to ensure that you never lose footage. Advanced features such as time lapse (DV mode only), retro disk recording, scene marking, and clip categorization make the FS-5 Portable DTE Recorder the perfect companion for handheld shoots. When recording is complete, your footage is ready to edit instantly-no capturing, file transfer, or file conversion is required.

You can find all the latest information about the FS-5 on its webpage, which is listed below. This page will provide you with our data sheet and a description of the FS-5. The FS-5 should begin shipping by the end of June. Yet there is still some information that has not been released. To be completely informed about the latest information releases on our FS-5, the please click on the "stay informed" option on the webpage below. This will keep you updated via email on all the new exciting information about the FS-5. Thank you for your time and take care.

http://www.focusinfo.com/solutions/fs-5.asp

When the FS-5 is released, you may purchase from one of our authorized distributers below or contact them in regards to a pre-order. Please contact:

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Old July 12th, 2008, 11:31 PM   #4
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Terry...

Thank you for the FINE update.... ! Great info.

I'm really #$@#$@ at Focus. At NAB...I specifically asked them about 24 and 30 F.
Their answer was yes. Clearly that's NOT the case !

You think you go to NAB to get the answers directly from the manufacturer....but in this case...well..you get the point.

Thanks again for the good info.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #5
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It is frustrating to the dealers as well. It creates confusion, product returns and custoemr dis-satisfaction.

Thats aid, I'm really excited about the FS-5 and the new features. We just posted an FS5 FAQ on our website. It's a work in progress with more info and details coming soon.

http://www.videoguys.com/fs5_faq.html

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Old September 22nd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #6
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New FS about to ship for Canon H1's

I was one day away from ordering the existing ( read old, big, noisy ) FS-C til i found this last night....


Focus Enhancements Chosen for Canon Next-generationTapeless Acquisition Solution
New ultra-portable FS-CV Media Recorder streamlines video production workflow by adding Direct To Edit Technology and breakthrough ability to tag media on the fly to Canon's XL and XH camcorders
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September 16, 2008 Source: Studio Daily
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Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and ultra wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today announced that it has partnered with Canon U.S.A. to develop the FS-CV Direct To EditŪ (DTE) Recorder for Canon's XL and XH series of professional HDV cameras. The ultra-portable recorder will be demonstrated in both Focus Enhancements' booth (9.D41) and Canon Europe's booth (11.E50) at IBC2008 held at the Amsterdam RAI Centre from September 12-16.

The FS-CV DTE Recorder offers 100 GB of hard drive video storage, enabling videographers to record edit-ready HDV or DV streams directly to disk. The recorder also gives Canon XL and XH users the ground-breaking ability to tag media with custom metadata in the field while shooting - enabling a new real-time metadata-based workflow for broadcast and video professionals that ensures the seamless continuity of metadata through all phases of production and post production for easier identification and management of media.

Video professionals can connect a browser-capable mobile device or laptop to the FS-CV via a wired or wireless network connection (using an optional USB WiFi dongle) and assign custom metadata. During post production, users can simply transfer clips from the FS-CV to their NLE system. All the information assigned during the shoot is transferred with the clip saving users hours, even days, of logging time.

"By partnering with Focus Enhancements, we're developing an incredibly valuable solution for our users, giving them more capabilities while in the field and streamlining the post production process back in the studio. The ability to log metadata in real time brings a new level of efficiency to the tapeless end-to-end workflow," said Karel Poortman, European Pro Video Specialist at Canon Europe.

In addition to the ability to tag custom metadata on the fly, the FS-CV Media Recorder offers several key advantages in design and capabilities, including a 25% weight reduction and 60% size reduction compared to the earlier FS-C recorder. The FS-CV features an ultra-rugged, shock-resistant 1.8" internal disk drive, along with a new fanless design for very quiet operations. Its newly designed user interface and menu system improve usability with an easy to navigate scroll wheel and 320 x 240 color backlit LCD display.

The FS-CV also offers increased Direct To Edit Technology support including QuickTime HDV 1080i50/60/24F/25F and 30F for Final Cut Pro and MXF HDV 720p30 and 1080i 50/60 for Avid NLE systems. New support for UDF disk formatting lets users record up to 1.5 hours in a single DV/HDV file.

"Broadcast and video professionals worldwide are demanding extremely lightweight media recorders that bring new efficiency to the production and post production workflow," said Mark D'Addio, vice president of Business Development for Focus Enhancements. "We are honored to work closely with Canon in developing the FS-CV for their XL and XH customers."

Focus Enhancements will begin shipping a 100 GB version of the FS-CV to Canon's distribution channel in late September. For more information, please visitwww.focusinfo.com
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 06:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the update!

Dreams do come true, I will order one as soon as B&H will let me...

I also use the FS-C with the HV-10 & HV-30 (in the standby mode) for time lapse video (up to around 8 hours with no wear and tear on your tape heads)
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:37 PM   #8
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If the FS-5 can't record 24f, that's just ridiculous, frankly. My FS-4 HD (NOT FS-C) records 24f, 30f just fine in .m2t modes.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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has anyone purchased a fs-cv yet ? Are they available ?
cost ?

thanks !
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