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Old December 8th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #46
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As opposed to the cost of all the hard drives you'll have to buy to archive your P2 footage?
Sorry, but there's no contest. The cost of all the hard drives you'll have to buy to archive your P2 footage is significantly less than the cost would be to archive your P2 footage on DVCPRO HD tape.

To put it another way, the cost of P2 memory plus the cost of archiving to hard disk storage is less than the cost of acquisition of the same amount of video with DVCPRO HD tape. P2 is the least expensive way to acquire in the DVCPRO HD format. There are a variety of archival options for P2, and most of them beat the cost of DVCPRO HD tape.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:46 AM   #47
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David, it would be intesrting to know the difference in rendering time between using AIC or DVCPRO [...]
OK, I ran an unscientific yet practical test last night on the latest sequence I've assembled (an episode of ZigZag), it's a 6:25 show with a mix of H100 HDV footage and Sony XDCAM HD footage along with some upscaled DV footage with several lower-thirds, several motion effects and transitions, and some reframes. Here's the render time for the whole sequence starting from scratch (deleting all of the render media and re-rendering the whole thing). This was done on a Mac Pro 2 x 3GHz Dual Core Intel Xeon machine and Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 w/ 4 GB Memory with source files and render files stored on a XServe RAID:

Apple Intermediate Codec 720/30p Sequence: 16 minutes

DVCPRO HD 720/30p Sequence: 15 minutes

So basically the render time is the same for all practical purposes.

I did not measure the time it would have taken to render the whole project using an HDV 720/30p sequence, it took about 12 minutes to do the first minute of the program, I did not have the patience to let it finish, this is the reason I choose to master using DVCPRO HD, using an intra-frame codec is much faster to work with than an inter-frame codec like MPEG-2, even on a fast machine. Since I work on a deadline, and speed improvement helps me make the deadline with less stress and I get more creative work done in the time available.

Now this test is a worst-case scenario, as we're using a format for the sequence which does not match any of the source formats. This is just the final mastering phase. Edting is usually done in the native format of the majority of the source material.

But the point is clear and generalizable: it's much faster to work with an intra-frame codec (e.g. DVCPRO HD) than a inter-frame codec (e.g. MPEG-2) in an editing scenario. Now if I had some specialized hardware acceleration, the story would be different.

I personally think that DVCPRO HD looks better than AIC, resolution issues notwithstanding. Image quality is a complex mix of several factors including color depth, resolution, scan, frame rate, compression artifacts, characteristics of the original material, viewing device, viewing context, etc.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 11:51 AM   #48
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Hey David, thank you for running this test. Now we know more about performance of these codecs and people can make decisions based on their own preferences while the time is now a factor anymore.

Thanks again.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:36 PM   #49
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Hey David, thank you for running this test. Now we know more about performance of these codecs and people can make decisions based on their own preferences while the time is now a factor anymore.

Thanks again.
Happy to do it.

I think the ultimate HD workflow if you have the storage and fast CPU is to capture from HDV direct to a component intra-frame format with very little or no compression. This would allow you to mix and match source formats with no extra render time in your sequence.

Getting back to the topic of the JVC camera, since that's the topic of this thread, you can use the JVC BR-HD50 deck analog component outputs as the input to something like the Kona LH/LHe or Kona 3 card. This way you can ingest video from the JVC-H100 into Final Cut Pro as uncompressed video and avoid working the 4:2:0 color environment and having to wait for MPEG-2 renders. This also facilicates mixing and matching of HD from various sournces and use a 10 bit 4:2:2 intermediate format. It also gives you a clean and simply way to get 24p footage into the Mac. Of course this method eats up lots of storage. Here's a PDF document describing the process: JVC HDV and Sony HDV Workflow with Final Cut Pro 5 (from the AJA web site). This is what we've set up for some captures.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 01:48 PM   #50
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about RED I have a word that I borrow from the software industry: vaporware.
Paolo... you can perceive RED to be anything you want. And, although we have shown 4k and REDCODE footage to many, the camera is not done. We have made our schedule known from the beginning and are on target (as of now). The only downside to the reservation holders is getting their deposit back... unless you think I would risk my entire reputation to fraud. The upside is that they will have the camera and the skeptics won't. If and when you decide if RED is worthy of your project, there will be a handful of rental houses with the camera. But I understand the waiting lists are beginning there. As for shooting a project, David Stump has already stated (after working with our prototype) that he will shoot a feature as soon as he gets one in his hands. Vaporware has many meanings. If you are using the term to imply that the RED ONE is not on the market, you are correct. If you are implying that it will not happen, I take exception. But you can mark my words that reservation holders are not at risk.

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Old December 9th, 2006, 02:08 PM   #51
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RED is a new company. As such we don't have any track record about customer service, technical support, financial strenght.
Actually yes there is an established track record for RED in all of these areas. Look at Oakley (Jim's other company) for experience in customer service, look at who the members are of the assembled RED team for technical support -- several of them are names you'll recognize from this message board including our own Rob Lohman; codec wizard Graeme Nattress; chief VariCam designer Stuart English; and Ted Schilowitz formerly of AJA; all of them with firmly grounded industry experience. And as for financial strength, I thought just about everybody here was already aware of Jim's long-standing status as a self-made billionaire, so it pains me a bit to have to bring it up yet again. RED may be a new company but there is absolutely nothing new or unknown with regard to their collective experience and expertise in all three areas of customer service, technical support, and financial strength. Hope this helps,
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Old December 9th, 2006, 11:19 PM   #52
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[...] I was just amazed that people lined up to give to somebody money for nothing. RED has two main issues: it's not there, it's never been there and it's a totally unknown entity without pedigree. OK, those are basically 3 issues [...]
I think the team behind RED is about as credible as teams get. I suggest reading this interview I did with Ted Schilowitz, Leader of the Rebellion, way back during NAB 2006:

http://kino-eye.com/2006/04/27/ted-at-red/

RED is simply letting people know what they are up do and their development plan. Grass roots marketing at it's best is partially what's going on. Letting people know their plan and providing sneak peeks to potential end-users allows them to get feedback from real users. When was the last time Sony, Panasonic, JVC, or Canon engaged in a conversation with their potential end-users with this much lead time and this much dialog? RED's not vaporware, RED's partnering with their future users in the product development process. That's actually a good thing.

There's plenty more objective press and analysis on them too if you look for it. And Jim himself posts on this board. What more can you ask for from a camera company?
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Old December 10th, 2006, 12:30 AM   #53
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How about....

RED is out of the range of this thread as we could buy four HVX200s or four HD-110s for the price of one RED.

RED seems to have a lot of promise (although the Terminator inspired design frightens me) and I would rent one when a suitable job shows itself. However people who are considering between a HVX or an HD-100 probably are not going to consider RED or even the high end HVX Panasonic is now promising.

Believe me, I'm all for a US upstart to shake the Japanese lock on video equipment. By the end of 2007, we'll see how it all works out. Good luck to all the RED people.

PS - The return of wavelets gladens my heart, Video Cube forever!
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Old December 10th, 2006, 12:31 AM   #54
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Hi Jim.

As I menioned in my message I wish all of you good luck. Having said so I have to say that I feel strongly about asking people for money. When you ask for my money I see two only possibilities: a) you are asking me to be an inverstor and for that I will reap the benefits later in an amount that we will negotiate b) you ask for my money in exchange for something. It seem to me that the advance RED asked was for the second case and for that I have a profound distaste. I based my other business, e-commerce of motorcycle accessories, on the promise to charge he customer's card only at moment of shipping and only for the merchandise shipped. That's because I strongly feel that if I get your money today I have to give you something wort that money TODAY. The reality is that RED has no product today and so people, IMHO, should not be asked for money. It's just not right. I'm not saying that your trying to fraud people, that would not be a smart plan and Oakley doesn't need that kind of tricks. I's just a matter of fairness. You can say anything about being "on schedule". Until you have a product to show all that I hear are words.
I used the term vaporware because I come from the sotware industry were I helped developed multimillion dollar projects and were I saw fortunes being wasted in a flash by very smart people who took the wrong decision or that thought they were better than the industry's gorilla (Microsoft). When a product is announced and expectations are built but the delivery date doesn't happen for a while you have vaporware. For so many reasons that product might never materialize.
That's why I admire Apple so much. They are very driven, they have a vision and they announce a product when it's ready. Their fondness for secrecy is a well-known fact. Even with that they had their share of bluders (Newton anyone?). RED has decided to go a different way. That's fine but you have to be prepared to deal with the criticism. From my point of view, your business model is just plain wrong. That doesn't say anything about the planned product. I just dislike with intensity when people asks for money with nothing to give in return. In fact credit card regulations requires that you deliver the goods no later, if I remember well, than 30 day from the date of the charge. I was at CineGear and I visited your booth. There was nothing to see except for a mock-up under glass.
That's why I said what I said. If you end up with a wondeful products and you'll be able to build a support network and software/storage infrastructure to compete with what we have today then you'll probably earn my money. Until then, though, I will keep stating my opinion based on the available facts.

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Old December 10th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #55
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Chris. With all due respect no, RED has not a record yet. Oakley is another company. They make glasses. RED wants to make caemeras. If IBM was the parent company of RED I would say the same. Just because the parent company is reputable it doesn't meant that the new company is managed in the same way. BTW, speaking of IBM, pretty big company, anybody remembers OpenDOC or OS/2? They probably spent more money on those projects than RED is gonna spend in developing the camera. Microsoft announced thet "by 1989 every PC will be running OS/2". Yeah, right.

In fact there are different people managing and taking decisions in RED than in Oakley. Without taking anything away from the creative individuals that work for RED, a company is more than the sum of its parts and many times the engineers don't determine the commercial success of the company. I worked in the corporate world long enough to see this reality. The individuals are great, the company, since it has no product available yet, is a total unknown. We have high hopes and a valid pedigree but the only thing that makes a proven record is history. Sales history, support history, market penetration, alliance with other vendors etc. etc.
For so many months we have waited support for FCP and the HD100. And this is from companies like JVC and Apple which, basically, demostrated to not being able to communicate with each other at a productive level leaving us, the customers, struggling with workarounds to ingest and edit our footage. No problem, we deal with it with a bit of grumbling and the occasional rant on the web. And this is from companies that built products for the past few decades. I'm all freshed out of trust and belief in promises from yet another player in this market.
If you want to trust somebody based on their words then it's your prerogative, I'm not gonna criticize your choice. Somebody asked *me* about my opinion and simply said that there is no opinion that can be made because there is nothing to use to create an opinion. I hate seing people sitting on the fence when they could get out today and make films. The camera is not the thing that makes you a filmmaker. Plenty of movies have been made with rudimentary cameras. If you have an idea today grab any camera and shoot it, don't wait for RED. As a matter of fact don't wait for anyone. Grab the camera and do it. Talking about non-existing cameras is just a waste of time.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #56
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Who says everyone is waiting and sitting on the fence? We own the JVC HD100, and when RED is released we will own one as well. For now, until release, we are also buying the HD250 for the "here and now". I have no problem plunking down a 1000K deposit (refundable even) for the chance to work with a better camera/workflow than what we can use today. Those who look ahead and put some faith in the technology around RED will be the first to reap those rewards. No one put my nuts in a vise and said I had to look head, but I too have my own opinion on those who fear the impact Red may cause and prefer to look the other way.

Although I respect you Paolo and for your time in this community, I however don't share your point of view any more than the other 1000+ early Red adopters. Your opinion is welcome but don't expect the rest of us to join in your song.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 03:05 AM   #57
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As I menioned in my message I wish all of you good luck. Having said so I have to say that I feel strongly about asking people for money.
Actually, I think the Red asking for money is fine. It's clear how much is being paid, that the product is not there yet, etc. etc. etc.

You willingly pay your money. You don't have to if you don't want. No problem.

I don't know about you credit card rules. A couple of years ago I ordered close to a thousand dollars worth of software before it was available, my card was charged, and there ended up being delays and the product was delivered several months late, about 9 months after the card was charged. This was a big operation. As I look back, there were so many customers, that if the practice was illegal I would have thought someone would have called them on it.

Where I do have a problem is software companies advertising features for there product, printing those features on the box, in the manual, on the website and more, then delivering software that does not have those features working. And on top of that, the company continues to sell the product advertising those features and refuses to even post a list of said features that don't work... just keeps pretending they do, and keeps selling product will the features falsely advertised. If you want to protest about taking money, this is the company to go after, in my opionion.

I, too, saw the bizarre Red display at Cinegear, with the Mad Max looking pieces of metal under glass, and lots of nicely uniformed attendants. But it's all part of the magic of the ever evolving movie industry and all the people that inhabit the strange world.

Ah, but fashion accessories by name designers... that's where I think you're not getting your money's worth.

And it comes to me now, when paying for a Red camera, the number in line to get the camera might actually be worth more than the camera itself. Different people value different things differently.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:17 PM   #58
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I used the term vaporware because I come from the sotware industry were I helped developed multimillion dollar projects and were I saw fortunes being wasted in a flash by very smart people who took the wrong decision or that thought they were better than the industry's gorilla (Microsoft). When a product is announced and expectations are built but the delivery date doesn't happen for a while you have vaporware.
Exactly why Red cannot be defined as Vaporware. I come from the software industry as well and have seen many instances of it, and in the video industry we've had it too (Trinity, anyone?)

But in order to qualify for vapor, the #1 criteria is that you have to have missed your promised date. Red hasn't done that. On every schedule they've issued, they've met their deadlines or been early.

You can't call it "vapor" until July 1, 2006, because they've promised delivery in "early 2007"; July 1 will mark the transition into "late 2007."
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Who says everyone is waiting and sitting on the fence.
Hi Daniel.
I didn't say that everyone is waiting, but I did talk with several people who are saving their money for the RED or other cameras that have been announced in the future. There are people sitting on the fence thinking that a given camera is going to make them movie makers. I wanted to make clear that in the opinion of this humble shooter that is not true. RED is probably the most talked about camera in the business today. Good for them. I don't expect that people join in "my song". I've been known for going against mainstream all my life and I have a pretty jaded point of view when it comes to announce producst. See the Zune. That's all that is there. When I'll see the product I'll evaluate. That's why I went to their booth at CineGear. I always keep an open mind but right now I find all this quite pointless.

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You can't call it "vapor" until July 1, 2006, because they've promised delivery in "early 2007"; July 1 will mark the transition into "late 2007."
Fine, it might have been an unhappy choice of word, I haven't changed my mind but I'll avoid using that "v" word in a public forum.
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