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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #196
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Re: Sony PMW-200 Brings HD 4:2:2 Workflow to XDCAM Camcorder Line

Hi David, I see your point -- but I did qualify my comments by saying 24-bit. Although the PMW-320 is capable of 4 channels, they are only 16-bit.
I should have been more clear.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #197
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Great overview, Doug! That answered all of my questions about these 3 new models.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #198
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Doug,
One more simple question.
Is the DVCAM format switchable between 16:9 and 4:3 ?

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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #199
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The camera offers options for "Squeeze" or "Edge Crop" when shooting SD. However, I can't see any justification to ever shoot SD no matter what type of program you're working on. And if you do configure the camera for SD, then a lot of the best features and functions will be disabled.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #200
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Doug,

The SD is required in India because most of the broadcast is still in SD 4:3.

It is important to me, since I am doing some broadcast stuff and some corporate work.

I prefer to shoot the broadcast projects in SD 4:3 since it is easy to edit and transfer to DVCAM tape

without sacrificing any loss in down scaling.

For the other projects of course I will shoot @ 50 mbps 4:2:2.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #201
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Rajiv, you have to do what you have to do, but here in the USA, it is preferred to shoot with HD at all times no matter if the editing will be done in HD or SD. These days HD is just as easy to edit as SD and offers several advantages in post even if you are editing with an SD timeline. I highly encourage everyone to shoot with HD at all times, plus as I said, when the camera is in an SD mode, some of the functions are disabled. When it's done properly, down-convtered HD to SD looks better than if it was shot SD in the first place. This is the same reason a lot of high-end productions now shoot in 4K and downconvert to HD. Plus having the raw footage archived as HD clips future-proofs the footage in case it is needed again someday. I have not shot anything in SD since early 2006. But each person needs to come to their own conclusions.

BTW, I never shot on VHS even if my program was going to be distributed on VHS. :-)
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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:22 PM   #202
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Anyone know if the lens is par focal?
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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #203
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Yes. All Sony camcorders that have a fixed lens are parfocal.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #204
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In working with the PMW-200, I have discovered an irritation that I haven't seen mentioned here. When using the handle zoom rocker (not the main rocker on the camera body), the zoom continues for about a half second after you release the switch. This occurs regardless of whether you are zooming in or out. For me, this makes the handle zoom relatively unusable. This should be corrected in the next model. Also, the record button on the main body of the camera is extremely stiff. Even on a tripod, its difficult not to move the camera forward when pushing this button. Fortunately, the record button on the handle is easy to use. This should also be corrected by Sony in the future.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #205
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Yes. All Sony camcorders that have a fixed lens are parfocal.
Has anyone been able to replicate the issue found by this user?

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Old October 14th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #206
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I wasn't aware of that article until you posted it, so I thought I'd get my camera out and really check it even though I've had my PMW-200 for about two months and have not noticed any problems.
I set it up on a Fujinon test chart against a contrete wall that has a lot of small texture to it. I fed the video output to a very sharp PVM-1741 OLED monitor.

The conclusion: No problems at all through the whole range of the zoom. Focus holds just fine. Sounds like maybe the guy who wrote the article should have the camera's back focus checked.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 05:34 AM   #207
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In working with the PMW-200, I have discovered an irritation that I haven't seen mentioned here. When using the handle zoom rocker (not the main rocker on the camera body), the zoom continues for about a half second after you release the switch. This occurs regardless of whether you are zooming in or out. For me, this makes the handle zoom relatively unusable. This should be corrected in the next model. Also, the record button on the main body of the camera is extremely stiff. Even on a tripod, its difficult not to move the camera forward when pushing this button. Fortunately, the record button on the handle is easy to use. This should also be corrected by Sony in the future.
Mark,

It sounds like you don't have the right menu setting for the zoom switch on the handle. Go to CAMERA SET > ZOOM TRANSITION and change it from "soft" to "linear". Linear is the factory-default so somebody must have changed it at some point. Linear will stop when you let go of the button, and soft continues on a little bit as the camera tries to avoid coming to an abrupt stop.

I would suggest not using that switch anyway. The control on the handle is not a pressure-sensitive rocker like the zoom control on the grip and you're never going to get a decent looking zoom from it. It is just a simple on/off switch, with no pressure sensitivity, and no finesse. That's why the handle has a "soft" menu setting to sort of give it some ramping. But it never looks good. Use the grip instead.

As for the record button on the grip, that is purposely designed to be stiff and it couldn't be changed in a firmware update even if Sony wanted to -- nor would most people want them to. That switch is really intended to be used for handheld shooting and if the button was too soft or too easily pressed, that would become a big problem when the camera is being held by the grip I is better to have a nice tight button that won't get accidentally pressed.

If you want a record button that is easier to press and reach, why not program assign button 5 for record? It's in a much better position for tripod shooting than trying to reach around to the other side of the camera. Just a suggestion.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #208
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Re: Sony PMW-200 Brings HD 4:2:2 Workflow to XDCAM Camcorder Line

The EX1/EX3's back-focus can be upset by rough handling, bumps or knocks, I expect the PMW-200 is no different and that might explain the focus issues noted in the link. After shipping from japan who knows what the cameras been through. As Doug says all that needs to be done I suspect is to run the back focus routine. The only problem is how to get into the service menu?
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Old October 14th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #209
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Thanks for the great suggestions, Doug ! I never would have thought to look for a menu item for that handle rocker adjustment. I believe that I might use the handle rocker for fine adjustments to the zoom where it would otherwise be hard to get the right initial pressure on the body rocker. The idea for button 5 also sounds great - I didn't know that the buttons could be programmed for record. Thanks again !
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Old October 14th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #210
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Doug, in your for-hire shooting, what percentage of the shots will be done with the PMW-200?
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