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Old March 16th, 2005, 01:48 PM   #31
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Although as I think about it, we are looking at more format wars with Panny vs. Sony. Nobody makes money on tape...

Well as long as NLE's support everyone we are okay...
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Old March 16th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #32
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AAAAAAAHHHHHH i "owned' is something i recognise (i run a tech forum similar to this fulll of gamers.. lol

im not bent outta shape about it though.. lol

its all good, and if it is 100mbps even better, lets hope the Pana techs are wrong :)
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Old March 19th, 2005, 08:05 PM   #33
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Re: If the price was $9999.99 would you buy one?

Good poll question.

NO. I won't buy if it's $6, 000 let alone $9,999. Panasonic is very good, I owned the DVX100 and thought it was a very good camera. So if the price is sweet and it works, I might.

If not, a Z1 or FX1 will do the job just fine. I am very curious to see what the JVC is going to cost. Now if Canon made a XL2 like camera that is HD that would be good as well.

<<<-- Originally posted by Paul Brady : I the price was $5900.00 we would all buy one but if the starting price was $9999.99 would you still buy one or wait a year. -->>>
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Old March 20th, 2005, 10:05 PM   #34
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I'd wait if its 9999.99, ... i could buy a nice honda for that much money ^_^
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Old March 27th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #35
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That's a rental for me, 7k would be my maximum buying price.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 09:12 AM   #36
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IF this cam had interchangeable lens, then YES I would pony $10K for
100mbps HD. HDV is fine for talking heads, but for nature videography
there is no way 25mbps is going to cut it. Heck, DV barely hangs at 1/4
the resolution. A used Arri SRII kit goes for over $20K. Varicam is $60K without
the $30K lens you must have. IMO $10K is affordable.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 10:22 AM   #37
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<<<-- Originally posted by Jacques Mersereau : IF this cam had interchangeable lens, then YES I would pony $10K for
100mbps HD. HDV is fine for talking heads, but for nature videography
there is no way 25mbps is going to cut it. Heck, DV barely hangs at 1/4
the resolution. A used Arri SRII kit goes for over $20K. Varicam is $60K without
the $30K lens you must have. IMO $10K is affordable. -->>>

Quite.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 11:29 AM   #38
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Even though I haven't seen this camera I am nearly sold. 4:2:2, DVCproHD, 24P, No tape. "Tapeless is a major big one. I am so sick of tape. When I went from a 35mm SLR to Digital SLR years ago I never looked back.

Now if that price is right, then I will buy. My favorite small camera to date was my DVX100, so if they give us that in DVCpro HD- P2 that's going to be the camera to get. From what I read in Jan's post's there going to be raising the bar on this camera as features go besides going HD. For one thing it's great to see a PM from Panasonic on here with tons of enthusiasm for their product. That's show's me Panasonic's commitment to this.

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<<<-- Originally posted by Jack Felis : <<<-- Originally posted by Jacques Mersereau : IF this cam had interchangeable lens, then YES I would pony $10K for
100mbps HD. HDV is fine for talking heads, but for nature videography
there is no way 25mbps is going to cut it. Heck, DV barely hangs at 1/4
the resolution. A used Arri SRII kit goes for over $20K. Varicam is $60K without
the $30K lens you must have. IMO $10K is affordable. -->>>

Quite. -->>>
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Old March 28th, 2005, 12:33 PM   #39
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I not that sick of tape, just the dropouts ;)

The thing is, tape is cheap and reilable storage. I can shoot all day long with
a couple of tapes that are light and inexpensive. Put them in a drawer
and come back months later to digitize.

The worry I have with P2 or other card type media is the cost, the
expense and reliability of hard drives to off load the P2 cards' video.
Yes, hard drives are pretty cheap, but they are SO cheap that the fail
quite often and when a 160g-500g drive goes down, that's A LOT of
loss. SO, I have found that I need to buy two hard drives and mirror them.
Thank goodness cheap RAID 5 firewire drives are coming of age so that if
one drive dies, you are SOL.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 12:49 PM   #40
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"I not that sick of tape, just the dropouts ;)

The thing is, tape is cheap and reilable storage"




Apparently not that reliable...if you're sick of the drop outs.
:)


You are right about the 'all or none' nature of drive failure.
But, I think that if properly backup up and mirrored, we'll have less problems with hard drive archiving that we do now with tape.

I know I've had a lot more drop outs than I've had hard drive failures.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 07:01 PM   #41
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I'll be glad when all the info comes out,,,I'm tired of waiting. I need to see what this whole thing will cost so if it's to high I can make a choice on something else.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 07:51 PM   #42
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<< The thing is, tape is cheap >>

But remember this cam is first and foremost an HD cam... and DVCPro HD tapes are *not* cheap, in fact they're actually fairly pricey. If you're shooting a big project, that cost adds up in a big hurry.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 08:12 PM   #43
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True, DVCPro stock is still priced fairly high, but I would not feel safe
putting any of my precious footage on anything less than a mirrored
RAID or backed up on two hard drives. I have had two LaCie drives go down and
one of my colleagues had one die too. Others have reported drives dying
early in their life expectancy as well. Let's face it, cheap drives are cheaply made.

DVD-ROM has not proven very reliable in my
experience. I, and recently others, have burned DVD backups and had
them "verified okay", yet upon trying to open a folder I got a
"failed: corrupted" error message. The disk was in perfect shape.

Last time I checked, P2 and compact flash were still pretty expensive per gig,
so I don't see that as a long term storage solution . . . yet.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #44
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data stream

If it's going to be some sort of 50 mb/sec DVCPro HD, then why not go IMX?

My next camera is going to be an XDCAM, which can shoot DVCAM and IMX, which is a high-quality 50 mb/sec format that looks just like DigiBeta.

For me, it's the logical equipment upgrade as it is still downcompatable shooting DVCAM alongside my DSR390, plus I have IMX available, which looks amazing on a 2/3" chip camera. IMHO, any SD 2/3" chip camera will beat any 1/3" chip camera regardless of whether it's HD or not, due to such factors as low-light sensitivity, depth of field sensitivity, etc. All of these are affected by chip side.

Also, Sony already said that the blue-violet laser currently used in XDCAM's is already capable of handling an HD data stream.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 10:56 PM   #45
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Re: data stream

<<<-- Originally posted by Jacques Star : If it's going to be some sort of 50 mb/sec DVCPro HD, then why not go IMX? -->>>

It's not 50-Mbps DVCPro HD -- it's 100 Mbps.

<<<-- Originally posted by Jacques Star : IMHO, any SD 2/3" chip camera will beat any 1/3" chip camera regardless of whether it's HD or not, due to such factors as low-light sensitivity, depth of field sensitivity, etc. All of these are affected by chip side.
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Although the P2 DVCPro HD camera probably will have 1/3" chips, its CCD size hasn't been officially divulged yet.
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