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Old October 10th, 2006, 08:24 PM   #1
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Mastering / Files Back To XDCAM DISC

What are the options to write back to the XDCAM Disc
from an Apple? Is it like a hard drive when connected
to the computer?
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Old October 10th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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If you have FCP 5.1.2, you will take your finished sequence and do export->Sony XDCAM. Be sure to put the camera in the same mode as your sequence setting (ie 35mb 60i).

That's it. Just know that it's going to take awhile for the computer to render the sequence since it's MPEG. Your sequence will become the last clip on disc.

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Old October 14th, 2006, 08:50 AM   #3
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Thanks Greg.
I just started using the XDCAM as a backup device also.
It's great for just dragging anything into the General folder
on the disc; kind of a "psedu-blu-ray" Apple backup solution.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 10:06 AM   #4
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Do you take any kind of quality hit by doing it this way?
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Old October 14th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #5
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It's just data. I have many other edited timelines in many different formats
that I could have printed back to tape. But, XDCAM DISC is claimed to
have a 50+ year life. Beats tapes and having to worry about dropping frames,
artifacts, striping tapes, etc. Plus it's a little faster to drop as data to
the XDCAM rather than tape.

I guess if you wanted to back up to XDCAM Disc and be able to play
it back from the deck or camera you would have to convert the
file to XDCAM format, mess with the FCP settings and of course
make sure your XDCAM disc is formatted to the same setting...?
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Old October 14th, 2006, 07:27 PM   #6
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I've just done this Bill.

It is a breeze, simply go to File/Export/XDCAM, and hit enter.

Its quick, easy and there is no quality loss by doing this.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 02:18 PM   #7
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The idea of the general folser is indeed to store EDL's, projects, stills etc so you can keep an entire project along with the rushes. One of the advantages of file based formats.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 05:28 PM   #8
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Do you take any kind of quality hit by doing it this way?
Not really, although it will re-conform the GOP structure around edit points.

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Old October 16th, 2006, 10:48 PM   #9
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I was just at a Sony HD seminar today and one of the Sony reps mentioned they would be coming out with XDCAM drives in addition to the Blue Ray HD drives.

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Old October 17th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #10
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Did Sony say what the costs would be?
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:56 AM   #11
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No mention of price but I would imagine it would be in the range of what a good Blue Ray drive would be $ 1,000.00 + perhaps a bit more. Still a lot less than having to buy a F30 player deck.


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Old October 20th, 2006, 09:49 PM   #12
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PDW-D1 XDCAM Drive Unit

PDW-D1 XDCAM Drive Unit
Is now shipping.

Costs about $4500 USD.
Seems a little spendy if you can't
use your 330/350 camera(s) to
do the same thing.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #13
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PDW-D1 is limited to XDCAM IMX for some reason.

Doesn't make sense to me that it's only limited to SD MXFs, as I would think data is data, but that's what I've been lead to believe on that box.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 05:20 AM   #14
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To be honest, the formatting of the XDCAM discs is a mystery to me. I too would have thought that data was data. It would be incredibly useful if SD and HD equipment could at least read all the types of XD files just for data transfer even if they can't actually play back the footage.

It would enable current XD equipped places to cope with HD XD editing should they need to without having to get more equipment.
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I've just done this Bill.

It is a breeze, simply go to File/Export/XDCAM, and hit enter.

Its quick, easy and there is no quality loss by doing this.
Does it work if you have FX in your sequences too?

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