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Old February 1st, 2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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PXW-Z90 4K night ENG demo clip

Meh...it's OK I guess...this was shot mostly at 18-27db gain. All optical zoom.

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Old February 3rd, 2018, 02:19 AM   #2
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Does the 23.976p limitations pose an issue for news applications, or are technical requirements much more relaxed now?

Also, is the MPEG-2 codec still a licensed option on the Z90 or built-in now?
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Old February 3rd, 2018, 07:03 AM   #3
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The MPEG (XDCAM) codecs are a paid upgrade and probably always will be. But unless someone has a client who requires MPEG, there isn't really any reason to purchase the upgrade. The camera already has superior formats on-board.
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I want to think it's more of a workflow consistency, than an actual technical "upgrade" - which I don't feel it is.
Similar to when they offered UDF on SxS mode to be consistent with the PDW models which were common at the time.
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I shot that in 4K 30p 100Mbps...and render time was somewhere in the area of 4 minutes per minute of footage to output to my 720p60 h264.

Doesn't the Z150 have free MPEG 420 and 422? For last generation broadcast purposes, MPEG2 35Mbps is fine for applications where 19Mbps OTA is the final result.

And don't forget DVCAM SD was an "upgrade" option on the PMW350.

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I want to think it's more of a workflow consistency, than an actual technical "upgrade" - which I don't feel it is.
Similar to when they offered UDF on SxS mode to be consistent with the PDW models which were common at the time.
Yes, workflow consistency and per client request are the two primary reasons for upgrading. My point is that it is not a technical upgrade and most people don't need it.
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For NEWS, when you have to ingest, then export, then FTP video in time for the top of the newscast, old XDCAM does it in 1/4 the time. XAVC-L takes forever to ingest and export in FCPX...XDCAM is like a breeze. My station edits and airs HDV 720p50 18Mbps files, so quality isn't a major concern, and I PP customize my cameras enough that no grading or NLE work is needed.

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