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Old September 22nd, 2005, 06:18 AM   #1
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A plug-in HD codec converter

Would it not be nice if there was some kind of small gadget that would plug straight into the HD SDI out on the Canon that would convert the stream into an HDCAM or DVPROHD codec so it could be streamed right onto a small portable hardrive?

That would be nice!
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 10:22 AM   #2
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Yes, yes it would!

That would sure make the decision between the XLH1 and HVX200 easier for me.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 01:32 PM   #3
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Something like that would be handy, to some degree.

Recording to HDCAM would be very limiting -- there's only one NLE on the market (Sony's pricey XPRI system) that can edit native HDCAM. DVCPRO-HD is a lot more editable, but -- why go through those hoops when you could just get an HVX and record DVCPRO-HD directly?

Instead I'd like to see them take it a step further -- make the box incorporate a next-gen codec, like JPEG2000 or H.264 or Avid's HD codec or something like that. Now THAT would make for something very, very interesting!
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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A plug-in HD codec converter

I think the Avid DNxHd codec would be the best for the job
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 01:52 PM   #5
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Cineform gets my vote. It's an absolutely lovely format to work with.

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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:11 PM   #6
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Now why didnt I think of that! Those codecs would be good indeed.

Going back to HDCAM, I saw someone editing it on FCP or least that's what they said they were doing, presumably then it was it had been converted to another codec.

Technically what would we need in nuts and bolts to create a small plug-in encoder. How small could it feasibly be?
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:11 PM   #7
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I believe Avid said that the DNxHD codec could be upgraded in both quality and compression rates as the the market dictated.




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Old September 22nd, 2005, 04:56 PM   #8
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CIneFOrm gets my vote, and yes this is a VERY needed item..hint hint....anyone want to make one?

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