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Old September 15th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #46
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Re: Looking to buy AF101, HPX250 and HPX370

I suppose it depends on the country in question, but in over 5 years, I didn't have problems bringing things into Russia ranging from antiques to high-tech equipment, nothing to declare at all. If anything, the TSA would be more concerned with picking me apart for nail clippers, having me take my top clothes, belt & shoes off, and going through a multitude of scanners.

I once brought a full ensemble of knifes, forks, spoons and other antique silverware through, with one of the workers accidentally tipping the box over after taking it out of the x-ray, and spilled the stuff out on the table. That bit got a few whistles of bewilderment from all nearby security workers, but they were nice about it and let me take the stuff along on in the cabin.

Warranty for equipment of this level should be world-wide replacement or bust. Panasonic cameras arguably see the most across-the-world action, what with Varicams being the tool of choice for nature videographers, so I would be surprised if anyone still bought them if they only offered service in one place.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:39 PM   #47
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Re: Looking to buy AF101, HPX250 and HPX370

It has been a while but I have finally made a decision to get a demo model of the HPX250 shipped to me for testing on a real job. We will use it along side an EX1 just for cut aways to begin with. I need to learn the ins and outs of the camera first. I am really looking forward to test the HPX250 and also its codecs as I have never shot AVC Intra before. Any good advice on how to setup up the camera, or is it pretty much ready to go out of the box?
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Old November 15th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #48
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Re: Looking to buy AF101, HPX250 and HPX370

Use the BBC HPX371 settings as a starting point as they should be pretty much the same for the HPX250.

http://thebrownings.name/WHP034/pdf/...nic_HPX371.pdf

I also have a set of scene files for my HPX cameras and can e-mail them to you if you wish but they are mostly BBC set-ups as per above.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:14 AM   #49
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Re: Looking to buy AF101, HPX250 and HPX370

Thanks for the BBC settings, Gary. Interesting read. Looking forward to use them.

If you have your settings available as well I sure would appreciate them. I really want to see what this camera is capable of.

Thank you so much in advance.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #50
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Re: Looking to buy AF101, HPX250 and HPX370

Ver 1.00-00
AG-HPX301E
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Old November 17th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #51
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Vow. That was quite a list. Thank you so much Gary.

The camera should arrive soon.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #52
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The scene files are basically just a .txt file so if you just cut and paste that lot it should load up OK.

having said that if you are new to the camera it may be better to adjust the files manually until you are more familiar with it just in case the 250 is different.

f1 is for BBC HD 50i shooting
f3 is for BBC SD on DVC Pro 50i
f5+f6 are for HD 25p in two different contrast modes, note they also show 50f variable frame rate for use with 720p overcranking.

f2 Fluro and f4 Hicolour are just for messing around with and I tend not to use them much.
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