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Old October 19th, 2005, 03:11 PM   #1
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FOCUS releases FS-4 HD

http://www.2-pop.com/articles/article_13746.shtml


Did anyone ever actually receive their "JVC" branded version?
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Old October 19th, 2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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Thanks Tim -- here's the press release directly from Focus:

http://www.focusinfo.com/corporate/p...lity101705.htm
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Old October 31st, 2005, 09:15 PM   #3
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I'm assuming the "Pro" is only for the HD100? I'm very much interested in this, as is my film school I work at. It's MUCH cheaper than buying two more M10 Sony HDV decks.

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Old October 31st, 2005, 10:43 PM   #4
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Wait, nevermind, I think the Pro is just the bigger drive, though there are two 40 gb drives that are listed as HD and Pro HD. Any thoughts?

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Old November 1st, 2005, 10:22 AM   #5
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The FS-4 Pro comes in two versions - 40 GB HDD and 80 GB HDD.

Only the Pro versions are upgradeable to be able capture using a HDV codec (but maybe I am wrong about that - maybe both Pro and non Pro are upgradeable).

I don't think that the FS-100 exists yet -

I'm guessing that it will be a version of the FS-4 Pro (which is just a software difference from the non Pro versions, I'm pretty sure). I would guess that the only hardware difference will be a 100 GB drive in the FS-100. If we are lucky there will be some P2 optimized software in the FS-100, but Focus didn't mention that in the press release, so I wouldn't count on that. I'm guessing that it will be a black FS-4 Pro with a 100GB HDD and software for capturing JVC's version of HDV.
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Old November 1st, 2005, 10:51 AM   #6
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I'll just grab the 80 gb. Saves me a lot on buying a deck (M10's cost around $3000) and time since I won't be logging and capturing!

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Old November 1st, 2005, 10:57 AM   #7
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Here is my understanding:

The FS4-HD is a new product, available in the standard version and the pro version. Both supports all forms of HDV. The standard is only available in 40 gb configuration while the pro have a 40 gb and 80 gb options. According to the press release, the only other difference between the standard and the pro version is:

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The FS-4Pro HD offers the same feature set as FS-4 HD, but also includes up to ten seconds of retro-cache, retro disk, loop record, user definable folders for scene marking, and support for additional DV25 DTE technology file formats including Avid DV-OMF and Pinnacle AVI.
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That makes sense. I think I'm sold!

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Old November 1st, 2005, 11:26 AM   #9
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Heath,

Don't forget that you are going to need something to store your video footage onto after you're finished with your projects.

I think tape is still the cheapest long-term storage medium.

The FS-4 just makes the step between shooting and editing much quicker, but you will have to dump to tape somewhere down the line. Or start collecting HDDs.
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Of course. Then again, I'd like to have each feature film stored on a hard drive, which is what Dreamworks said they'd do when they formed in 1994. I need to buy more firewire drives.

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