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Old August 16th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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Anyone been tracking the Infinity Grass Valley Lately?

I'm not sure why people haven't been talking about the Grass Valley Infinity camera more. It looks like it going to be available before RED or Silicon Imaging gear. It true that it costs around $35K including Quality HD zoom.
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http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com/pr...ity/camcorder/

I would be interested to see if anyone is thinking about getting this unit?

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Old August 16th, 2006, 06:36 PM   #2
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I believe the BBC are running trials on it over the next year or so.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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I've always been a fan of the viper and its image, so I'm interested to see where this going.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:14 AM   #4
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Talked to the Florida Grass Valley Infinity Sales Rep

He said that they will get delivery schedules for the camera at the IBC show (Amsterdam 9/8/2006 - 9/12/2006). I'm already signed up to get hands on one of the demo units when they become available in South Florida area.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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In 2006, for $35,000, at the very least I expect 24p & 30p. That's probably why there hasn't been much discusion.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #6
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for $35,000, at the very least I expect 24p & 30p.
Yes but you can shoot in 60p that should work good when you convert to 24p (2:3 pulldown) in post. I'm hoping the real benefit of this camera is Jpeg 2000 codec. I've heard this gives really incredible results.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 04:49 PM   #7
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I saw the Infinity at InfoCom in Orlando a few months back. The rep said that the camera will include 24P & 30P. They listened to the demands of the industry and they are delivering. However the rep went on to say that it will be a software acquired 24P, which makes sense, since the ccd's are interlaced. Also to add, the rep said the ccd's will be 1920x1080. No pixel shifting of any kind. This should be good!
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Old August 18th, 2006, 06:31 AM   #8
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Infinity 1080p and 24/30p

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Also to add, the rep said the ccd's will be 1920x1080. No pixel shifting of any kind. This should be good!
This will be great for live concert and performances in clubs! You'll be able to feed the HD SDI directly into the big 1080p monitors with no loss of resolution. I'm getting the new Panasonic 58" 1080p for my studio and will use blue ray to burn the HD DVD's.

Luckily I have 4GB/sec FC SAN Storage and native FC LTO-3 Tape library to handle moving large uncompressed HD files around and archiving them in a relatively quick manner.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:47 AM   #9
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I'm sure they may be a little worried about competing with their own 24p cameras, like the Viper. When I worked at an NBC station in West Palm Beach, FL, they had/have Grassvalley HD cameras on the floor of the studio. They look a lot like the Viper, except aren't. Same body, which is small, which a large "pipe" coming out the back for video transmission.

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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:51 AM   #10
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I'm not sure why people haven't been talking about the Grass Valley Infinity camera more.
I'd love to dedicate a forum to the GV cameras in our 1080p/2K/4K area, if there's enough interest in them.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:59 AM   #11
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Go for it. It sounds like a cool camera.

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Old August 18th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #12
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I'd love to dedicate a forum to the GV cameras in our 1080p/2K/4K area, if there's enough interest in them.
Second the Motion sounds like a good idea!!
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 10:28 PM   #13
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This, the Silicon Imaging camera or the XDCAM HD for me

I am probably going to buy one of these, as I've become spoiled by watching 1080 from my Westinghouse 42" 1080 x 1920 LCD, an HD-DVD player, the Dish HD DVR system, and of course the XBox 360.

The crucial issue for me is 1080P as a firmware upgrade in the not-too-distant future, and either free or not too expensive. I'm looking into that, but indications are that the upgrade is in the works.

I've already started selling my JVC HDV equipment, so far the wide lens is gone, camera soon. Maybe the deck, but it's nice to have a good DV deck around too, and the BR-D50 is that as well as HDV.

I've gotten some price quotes from TVMagic, the southern California GV dealer. The camera lists for $23,000, their price is $20,910. The VF is not included and their price is $2,728. Tripod adapter plate is $489. The lens I felt was my personal balance of cost and quality is the Canon Hh17ex7.6B IRSE -- list price $19,400, their price $14,330.

The contact there is David Land and the phone number is 858 650-3155 x251.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 07:38 AM   #14
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Hi Tip,

When did your GV dealer say the Infinity would start shipping? Those are some very good prices for sure. I don't know if you have ever held the camera before, but in case you have not, I do remember it was VERY HEAVY, as compared to any other 2/3" camera. The GV rep at InfoCom said they were trying to cut down the weight. Maybe they put it on a diet.
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Hi Tip,

When did your GV dealer say the Infinity would start shipping? Those are some very good prices for sure. I don't know if you have ever held the camera before, but in case you have not, I do remember it was VERY HEAVY, as compared to any other 2/3" camera. The GV rep at InfoCom said they were trying to cut down the weight. Maybe they put it on a diet.
At 9.92 lbs for the camera it's heavier than a Sony DSR 570 at 7 lbs 11ozs. Hard to compare the other 2/3" cameras because their specs include lens, cassette and a battery (BP L60A) but the DSR 790 comes out at 15 lbs 7 ozs and 17 lbs 10 oz for the F 900. That's rather light on the F 900 because in practise it usually has a Miranda downconvertor fitted.

Sounds like the Infinity is around the weight of a Digibeta camera in an operational state.
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