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Old July 27th, 2006, 11:42 PM   #16
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I've always looked at Canon vs. Fujinon as pretty much a Ford / Chevy argument. They're both great. They both have an amazing product line, a legacy for high quality and solid reputations. You'll find plenty of dedicated fans in both camps. I think the pricing is your general guide... it's not so much one manufacturer being "better" than the other, as it is that the more expensive lenses are "better" regardless of who makes them.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 12:19 AM   #17
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Chris is right. The HD100 uses ENG style lenses which is a whole different ballpark than the dedicated lenses for the H1. And even within ENG lenses there are "professional" lenses and then there are "broadcast" lenses. It's not unusual for a broadcast lens to cost $10K or even $20k.

Fujinon will be expanding their 1/3" lenses for the HD100 later this year. Among them is a premium HD lens with all the bells and whistles of a digital servo (DigiPower). It will probably cost around $10K. Canon will also introduce it's first 1/3" lens for the HD100 later this year and I think it's also pretty expensive ($5K and up).
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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:49 PM   #18
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Thanks Tim, thats good to know there will be something less than the 13k msrp lens out now. Hoping street prices will bring them down even further.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:44 PM   #19
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When is this shipping? Cost?
Hi Greg,

The GY-HD250U is estimated to ship around October or November, at an estimated list price of $8995.00 for the head. It will use the same accessories and lenses that the GY-HD100U / GY-HD110U use. Standard bayonet lens mount that can accomodate your choice of now 5 different 1/3" lenses, or 1/2" or 2/3" lenses with a small adaptor, or many different prime and still camera lenses.

I think the GY-HD250U will have the kind of features you are seeking. It will have all of the features of the GY-HD110U, plus these key new features:

HD-SDI out / SDI out
Component out and composite out at the same time
Dedicated audio outs
Time Code in / Time code out
CCU control port
Genlock in
Five HD record modes: 720p/24; 720p/25; 720p/30; 720p/50; 720p/60


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Old July 30th, 2006, 08:42 AM   #20
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Thanks Carl,
Is there any way to take advantage of the SDI out in the field and record an uncompressed signal?

Will the cameras SDI out work on HDV playback from the camera?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 02:11 PM   #21
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HDSDI recording

Greg,

There are several HD-SDI recorders that you could connect the camera to. Tape based formats, like HDCam, D5-HD, or DVCPro HD. Or disc-based products, like Doremi Labs, Grass Valley, Leitch, or Cineform. Although none of these product are exactly "portable", you could use them with the GY-HD250U to record HD-SDI.

Check out the Waifain HR-1. It looks interesting:

http://www.cineform.com/products/WafianHR1.htm

And yes, upon tape playback, the GY-HD250 will output the signal, uncompressed, on the SDI / HDSDI connector.

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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:05 PM   #22
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If only it wasn't it $15k!!!

Since that unit will also record from the the HD100/110/200, how would the quality compare with HD250, all recorded directly to Cineform? Do you have samples???

Question: Does this also bypass the HD100 audio compression?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:13 PM   #23
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If only it wasn't it $15k!!!
- Yes, but that's a whole lot less than a high-end HD VTR.

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Since that unit will also record from the the HD100/110/200, how would the quality compare with HD250, all recorded directly to Cineform? Do you have samples???
- The quality of uncompressed component HD from a GYHD100/110/200 recorded on the Wafain vs uncompressed HDSDI from a GY-HD250U recorded on the Wafain should be close. But, of course since the GY-HD250U is not a shippping product yet, there have been no tests done.

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Question: Does this also bypass the HD100 audio compression?
You could just feed the audio straight in to the Wafain recorder, thus bypassing the camera. You'd probably want to do that anyway to keep the audio path balanced XLR, as the camera does not have XLR outputs.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:32 PM   #24
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And yes, upon tape playback, the GY-HD250 will output the signal, uncompressed, on the SDI / HDSDI connector.

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The SDI / HDSDI connector plays from tape uncompressed??
How is this possible, the tape records a HDV compressed signal?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:53 PM   #25
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Greg, Hey there! Good to see you on HDVinfo!
As Carl mentioned, estimated List is going to be somewhere around $8995 for camerahead only (possibly viewfinder included). A working ENG package with lens will be close to $12K and studio packages will be around $20 - 25K depending on the lens.

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Old July 31st, 2006, 04:09 PM   #26
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The SDI / HDSDI connector plays from tape uncompressed??
How is this possible, the tape records a HDV compressed signal?
Greg, the JVC ProHD camcorders, just like all HDV camcorders, and other format HD camcorders, record the HD data in a compressed (MPEG-2 encoded) form on the tape. When the tape is played back, the compressed data is decompressed (MPEG-2 decoded), and the resulting uncompressed signal is sent to the SDI / HDSDI connector. So, yes, the signal on tape is compressesd, but when you play the tape back, the output signal on the SDI / HDSDI connector is uncompressed.

If you have the camera set up live, the signal on the SDI / HDSDI is uncompressed.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 05:09 PM   #27
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Greg, the JVC ProHD camcorders, just like all HDV camcorders, and other format HD camcorders, record the HD data in a compressed (MPEG-2 encoded) form on the tape. When the tape is played back, the compressed data is decompressed (MPEG-2 decoded), and the resulting uncompressed signal is sent to the SDI / HDSDI connector. So, yes, the signal on tape is compressesd, but when you play the tape back, the output signal on the SDI / HDSDI connector is uncompressed.

If you have the camera set up live, the signal on the SDI / HDSDI is uncompressed.
So, are you saying that the playback from HDV tape thru this HDSDI will look as good as the original signal? Sounds like a miracle!
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Old July 31st, 2006, 10:04 PM   #28
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So, are you saying that the playback from HDV tape thru this HDSDI will look as good as the original signal? Sounds like a miracle!
Hi Greg,

No, I did not ever say that it would be identical. Certainly, with any video tape recording, there is some loss, sometimes a very little, sometimes more than a little. You will have to be the judge for it your self when the camera ships.

You asked if the signal out of the HD-SDI connector upon tape playback is uncompressed, and the answer is yes. It's an uncompressed signal, sourced from the decompression of a compressed signal. In that regard, it's just the same function as a HDCam or Varicam camcorder or VTR.

There is no HD video tape format that I know of that does not have some sort of compression.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 11:09 PM   #29
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Thanks Carl,
I always assumed the HDSDI out would only play the compressed HDV signal, and the only way to get uncompressed out of the camera was "live".
Thanks for the clairification.
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