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Old May 24th, 2005, 11:04 AM   #1
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DVCPro HD/P2 Camcorder support in FCE-HD?

How likely is it? Obviously when DVCproHD was Varicam only then I can see why it's not a feature of FCE, but now that the HVX200 is aimed at the prosumer market, I could see it being a more natural fit.

However, native DVCproHD support seems to be something that Apple wouldn't want to give up as a big incentive to go FCP rather than settle with FCE, but I can see Panasonic wanting DVCPro HD/P2 support in some of the lower-mid range NLE formats to properly place it as a competitor to HDV.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #2
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Isn't it interesting how Final Cut Pro and Express tend to leap-frog each other somewhat with regard to supported formats at each release? I'm pretty sure that Panasonic is positioning the HVX at a level above the other competing HDV camcorders, so I don't think they're too concerned about getting DVCPRO HD compatibility into the lower mid-range NLE applications (although it would be nice, no question about that). You could almost argue that since you can put $10K into the HVX and a couple of P2 cards for shooting DVCPRO HD, then you could certainly afford to step up to Final Cut Pro from Express... right?
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Old May 26th, 2005, 06:33 PM   #3
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I'd have to agree with Chris on this one. Apple has positioned FCE as a consumer level application and for marketing reasons has intentionally left out several features which would have been easy for them to add.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 07:54 AM   #4
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Wrong !

even in Imovie5 HD it is possible.
when i connect a HDV camcorder on it it grabs the frames in DVCPRO HD so i suppose it is fully compatible with the HVX 200.

so if you can do it in imovie, i suppose you also can in FCE

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Old June 1st, 2005, 08:35 AM   #5
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That's interesting... but not what Apple claims. According to their website, for iMovie HD Apple says the following formats are supported:

HDV (720p & 1080i)
MPEG-4 (Simple Profile)
iSight
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DV Widescreen


And for Final Cut Express they support the following"

Plug-and-play support for most DV25-format camcorders and decks: MiniDV and DVCAM (NTSC or PAL)

Plug-and-play support for most HDV-format camcorders and decks: 720p, 1080i


There is no mention of DVCPRO for either application, so I assume that using it would involve some sort of work-around. Maybe you can be more specific as to how you accomplish this?
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