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Old December 6th, 2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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How the FX1 works--a very thorough explanation

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Old December 6th, 2004, 07:42 PM   #2
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Old December 6th, 2004, 08:47 PM   #3
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"very thorough" is an understatement.... wow.

Unfortunate that the FX1 will not be compatible with blu-ray... is that all HDV products to come as well? That severely limits the utility of such a camera....
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<<<-- Originally posted by Barry Gribble : Unfortunate that the FX1 will not be compatible with blu-ray...-->>>

How do you figure? HDV is ideal for Blu-ray, HD DVD, and WMV HD delivery. Of course you'll need to encode properly for each, analogous to shooting DV and delivering DVD.

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Old December 7th, 2004, 01:07 PM   #5
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Dennis asked : "How do you figure? HDV is ideal for Blu-ray, HD DVD, and WMV HD delivery."

I don't figure... I just read... did I get it wrong? The article said (answer 1, para 4):

It is not yet clear if the FX1s i.LINK output will be able to be directly recorded to D-VHS. Sony has already acknowledged the FX1 is will not be compatible with Blu-ray DVD recorders. Sonys Masashi Imamura stated, I, personally, definitely want to realize the ability to record HDV on Blu-ray. We are working hard towards this but there are many copyright issues and many technical issues, but I think we can come to a resolution at some point in the near future.

I guess they are just talking about the i.LINK, not the full HDV on the tape. I don't know enough about blu-ray or i.LINK to know one way or the other. What's your take on it?
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I know very little about all this too. But I think Dennis means you'd capture the FX-1 footage with your NLE, edit, then export in whatever format needed for blu-ray where the results could be burned to disk using an external drive.
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Yes, exactly, I figured you might want to EDIT your footage first.

While there is some utility to directly copying the stream from an HDV camera to DVHS, HD DVD, or Blu-ray, most folks are going to want to make something useful out of it first.

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Dennis, are you SonicDennis?

Can you please tell me how to make a transport stream from Vegas that will play back to the FX1? I can make transport streams, and I can get CineForm ConnectHD to recognize the stream and even trigger the camera to record, but the camera says "invalid file format" or something and won't allow recording back to the camera.

Is there a "magic recipe" for making MainConcept MPEG-2 files from Vegas that will be compatible with the HDV transport streams?
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Old December 8th, 2004, 09:21 AM   #9
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Yes, one and the same (also "Dithermaster" on some forums).

We're still cracking that nut. Look for HDV 1080i compliant MPEG-2 templates in the forthcoming 5.0d update.

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What happened to 5.0c? I'm still on 5.0b and there wasn't a new update last I checked...like last week sometime...
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Whoa, you're dithermaster as well? Here I thought Sony/Sonic was just brimming with talented guys, and it's all been you? Cool. You deserve a raise -- you are the bomb!
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<<<-- Originally posted by Kevin Dooley : What happened to 5.0c? -->>>

5.0c was an update strictly for localization (for Japan, I think).

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