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Old September 20th, 2005, 04:09 PM   #106
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I have same kind of thoughts.

Second, is there anybody who could say something realiable on the HDV images? In shooting landscapes the HDV will quite likely be stunning and clearly an improvement compared to DV. But, what about taking footages of moving objects such as flying birds?
If you read one of my earlier posts you will note I mentioned we have filmed fast moving aircraft (probably going faster than birds!!) with no problems at all.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 04:30 PM   #107
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Oops, I was thinking EF...didn't realize I wrote EOS. Thanks.
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Old September 21st, 2005, 01:43 AM   #108
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As it is now with my XL2 using the 4:3 aspect and a 9.6 factor, I cannot hardly use my 600mm anymore due to distortion. I wonder what multiplication factor the HD will be?
Bill, I use the 600 mm all the time with XL2 in 16:9 mode, and the image is just perfect. However, since the magnification is huge, warm moving air causes distortion. Knowing that the possibility to attach EF lenses to XL camcorders is a major factor for many users, I suspect Canon will not take a risk by making the situation worse. Instead, it's likely that Canon's main business is to sell lenses, and filming wildlife must be a pretty important marketing area for those long (profitable) lenses.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 11:08 AM   #109
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Im looking foreward to see some footage, but I dont think this camera is such an allrounder as they claim.
Great for reality TV, personally I think not. Cameras this size are to small to shoot with for a day straight, a full size camera is much more steady and ergonomical to work with.
And auto focus, no fixed focus ring, wont work well.

They would be great for multi camera work though.

Ive done music promos and drama with the XL2 with decent results, so I think XLH could be a usefull tool here.

Time will show
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Old December 15th, 2005, 10:24 AM   #110
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Being an 'indie' myself.....I hope I was correct about my own original post!

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Old December 15th, 2005, 12:02 PM   #111
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It makes no sense to hype you can rent a HDCAM deck for a 1/3" prosumer camera.
Yeah, why waste time with an expensive tape-based deck using a compromised recording format when you could capture directly to a more affordable editing workstation using a full-raster, minimally compressed codec like Avid DNxHD or Cineform Prospect HD? That sounds like a pretty useful thing to be able to do from a sub-$10K camera, and not so easily done using the component outputs on the other cameras in this price range. So for $9K you get a camera with interchangeable HD lenses, a true 1440x1080 sensor, uncompressed HD-SDI outputs and the convenience of affordable HDV recording when you need it? Okay, it's a shame they didn't use a 1/2" or 2/3" sensor, but other than that this seems like a clever way to produce theater-quality HD video for under $20K including the capture/editing setup.

And how is it people have been making acceptable movies with 50-year-old SD technology, but we're not sure whether uncompressed 1080i video is good enough? What's that about?!?
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Old December 15th, 2005, 12:05 PM   #112
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And how is it people have been making acceptable movies with 50-year-old SD technology, but we're not sure whether uncompressed 1080i video is good enough? What's that about?!?

SLAM DUNK!!!!

*say it again and again and again and again and again so the newbies who are *confused as to what to buy* can understand that perfect statement.

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Old December 15th, 2005, 12:12 PM   #113
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Yep, you're going to need a deck to capture the sdi out. Add another 30k to your total.

Or a very large raid array.
Actually you can capture directly to a computer that costs around 4k.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 01:31 PM   #114
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Chris, at Birns & Sawyer last week I filmed all sorts fast motion and normal as well. We put the footage on their big HD projection screen and it was beautiful. No issues at all, and I recorded all of that on HDV tape @ 24f.


Shannon, I hope your filming with your new baby today.

Your pics are up at the link below.

Also, there are a few photos from the HVX200/ 35mm film screening the other night at Laser Pacific.
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At the Canon Global Expo last week, Canon Inc. displayed some HDV video from the H1 which was shot in Florence, Italy. It was a mix of static shots and moving images. As you might suspect the camera was locked down for most of this, but there were a few slow, careful pans. Those are the best kind of pans anyway.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #115
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My only thought is, it's expensive to wheel around a RAID and a bit of money to rent an HD deck a day. For probably the same price, a VariCam might be just as well.

Though component out, the Z1 can do uncompressed HD, too. And half the price. Again, it's component, not digital like the XL H1.

One last thing, a "great camera" doth not make a great filmmaker. Or even an adequate one.

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Old December 15th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #116
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My only thought is, it's expensive to wheel around a RAID and a bit of money to rent an HD deck a day. For probably the same price, a VariCam might be just as well.
The bit rate for the Avid DNxHD format is a modest 220 Mbps or 27.5 MB/sec, which is theoretically sustainable on any decent single hard drive, and should be easily sustainable on a two-drive SATA RAID. And the Cineform/Wafian recorder will use the Prospect HD codec on similar hardware to capture "visually lossless" HD at full 1920x1080 4:2:2 resolution, something I don't think the Varicam can do.

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Though component out, the Z1 can do uncompressed HD, too. And half the price. Again, it's component, not digital like the XL H1.
True, but then how do you capture that component signal? There's an apparent lack of devices which can accept a component HD input and record it to a computer hard drive: if anyone knows of a good one please provide information about that. Otherwise you have to get an adapter to convert component connectors to HD-SDI, and that's a nuisance. Plus the image on the Z1U is pixel-shifted from a 960x1080 sensor, while the Canon has a 1440x1080 sensor. Not that the Z1U image isn't nice, but if you're trying to capture maximum-quality HD it just seems like the Canon is better designed for that purpose.

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One last thing, a "great camera" doth not make a great filmmaker. Or even an adequate one.
We all agree on that, but I don't see too many people using Hi-8 cameras lately...

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Old December 15th, 2005, 04:58 PM   #117
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One last thing, a "great camera" doth not make a great filmmaker. Or even an adequate one.
True, of course. But equally true is that a great filmmaker can make better footage on a great camera than they could on a middle-of-the-road camera.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:00 PM   #118
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I agree--a DVX100a in 60i looks better than my old XL1 in 60i.

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Old December 16th, 2005, 12:33 PM   #119
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True, but then how do you capture that component signal? There's an apparent lack of devices which can accept a component HD input and record it to a computer hard drive<<

Kevin, I thought BlackMagicDesigns has HD component capture cards for under 1K US.

Of course an SDI cable can run up to 300 feet which makes keeping your video village out of the way a lot easier.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #120
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I thought BlackMagicDesigns has HD component capture cards for under 1K US.
I'm looking at the BlackMagic site now and it seems like their component connectors are analog out only, not analog in. I haven't seen any product (computer-based or standalone) which can definitely capture and record an analog component HD input. If someone knows of something a web reference would be much appreciated.
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