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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #391
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more running time.

Get the Tekkeon MP3450 and increase your running time from 90mins(1hr 56mins) to 9.5hrs! approximately 574mins. The tekkeon can be set to 12V that way it would supply the firestore batt. with juice without charging it.

newegg.com has the battery for $118.99 and the thing weighs less than 1lb.

think about it!
- $118.99
- less than 1lb
- increase running time to 9.5hrs in conjuction with the firestore battery.

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Old March 6th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #392
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SSDs are interesting too:

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/08/...drives_cometh/

Of course the CF adapter could make it potentially easier to swap storage mediums in the field. That would give the FS-4s, the lost function of being able to swap HDDs, which was on the FS-3s! A nice feature if you are shooting and editing at the same time. You would have to make a major mod on the FS-4 case though.

Heck! my guarantee has expired a long time ago. I think that it will be time to Frankenstore again soon.
If you decide to try modifying your FS-4 to use CF, I'd sure like to know how it works out.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #393
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If you decide to try modifying your FS-4 to use CF, I'd sure like to know how it works out.
He, He, He ... That's the nice thing about this forum, there's bound to be someone stupid (I mean brave) enough to do anything to their expensive gadgets, just to see if something works.

I am one of those people (or at least I have been).

Unfortunately, this little project will have to wait a little (it is officially on my list of things to try out though).

Whoever manages to be the first to make this work (or finds that it won't work), should post their results in a new thread.


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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:52 PM   #394
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FS-4 HD Pro coupled with Canon XH A1

Is there still any significance between the FS-C HD and the FS-4 HD Pro? I know this has been asked before, but seeing as I run on a Mac Pro, the Quicktime format is pretty essential to my workflow.

I have done the searches, read all the dated threads and they all seem to conflict with eachother (in most instances) based on date. The thing is though, they go back and forth!

I just received my FS-4 HD Pro today and had ordered it before knowing it wasn't going to do what it is advertised to do so I didn't hesitate.

Will I really lose out on Quicktime 24f? :(
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #395
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Afraid so Travis - You can do 24f as M2t files and then use Clipwrap (ClipWrap) to batch wrap them to quicktime after the fact - it's just a rewrap operation, so there's no generation loss or anything.

I've got three XL-H1s and three FS4-ProHDs, and that's what I use.

Disclaimer - I'm friends with Mike from Clipwrap.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:05 PM   #396
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Afraid so Travis - You can do 24f as M2t files and then use Clipwrap (ClipWrap) to batch wrap them to quicktime after the fact - it's just a rewrap operation, so there's no generation loss or anything.

I've got three XL-H1s and three FS4-ProHDs, and that's what I use.

Disclaimer - I'm friends with Mike from Clipwrap.
I was afraid of this. Seeing as the point that I am getting the FireStore is to cut down on the time utilized in my workflow, I think I will just have to return for a FS-C.

If I have read correctly, there is no other difference between these two FS models, correct? So, I'm not losing out on anything, but only gaining QT 24f?

If that is the case, it is really a no-brainer seeing as I haven't even taken the protective sealing off the LCD.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #397
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I believe the FS-C does everything the FS4ProHD does, plus 24f quicktime, but I can't say for certain.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 10:20 AM   #398
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Focus Enhancements FS-4?

I wanted to check and see what you guys think about the Focus Enhancements FS-4?
Any problems?
Worth the cost?
Would you buy it again?
How is it compared to the new Sony one?
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Old March 31st, 2009, 07:13 PM   #399
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Old July 9th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #400
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Do any of these devices record from the HDMI out or HD-SDI out of cameras to avoid the compression?
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Old July 9th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #401
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Do any of these devices record from the HDMI out or HD-SDI out of cameras to avoid the compression?
Nope. You'll need to step up to a Convergent unit for that. Quite a bit more money, quite a bit better results.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 04:10 AM   #402
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I was afraid of that..I love their nano/xdr, but the cost is still a bit much. Fair for sure..just more than the avg middle-class worker can afford in these tough times. I wish there was something similar for about 1K price range. I think CineForm is working on something near that with their awesome codecs..I hope. But the nano is very nice.. if I can muster up the cash I'll prob get that with a canon S100.
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Old October 4th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #403
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Firestore FS-4 ProHd and Canon XL-H1A, do they work together?

Hi all,

I purchased a Firestore FS-4 ProHD 80 Gig, NTSC but I sent it to Focus and converted it to PAL, software is version 2.0 and tried to use it with my Canon XL-H1a camera. Before I purchased it I contacted Focus USA and they told me I can still use it with my Canon XL-H1a camera. I filmed some tapeless in Quicktime format and I downloaded the .MOV files to my computer but I can not see them, I open them with Quicktime player in PC, there is audio but no video just black screen, I filed HDV 50i, I even downloaded CineForm plugin for Quicktime v7.6.4 and still the same.

Please let me know what I have to do to make it work
By the way what is the difference between Quicktime format and M2T, which one is better?

With kind regards
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Old October 5th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #404
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I've NEVER gotten the quicktime recording to work. I never bother with it.
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for me the FS-4 has been a love-hate story. I have had problems getting it to work with my Canon XL2. The documentation is, IMO, woefully inadequate, leaving the user to stumble around a lot.

The first unit I got was just not working properly and it took me a while to decide that it wasn't just my newbie operator error.

I have learned to make good recordings with it. Even with 16:9. (not 24P) Quicktime doesn't know how to make a Canon XL2 anamorphic frame 16:9. Not a problem in FCP, but simple QT exports don't size correctly. To do that, I use Quicktime Pro and reset the 720 to 820 in properties. The aspect ratio, while not precise, is close and full frame. If you really need ACTUAL PRECISE aspect ratios, I don't think it's going to happen unless you export from FCP with Compressor.

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