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Old March 28th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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Help me please with FX1/Z1 User Information

Do I understand correctly that both the FX1 and Z1 will record in 16.9 HDV (internally) and at the same time, send a SD 3.4 signal through the S-Connector?

Will the SD signal be “clean” (free of Viewfinder Display text, etc.) on both Camcorders, or only the Z1?

In my present setup, the S-Connector (from a VX-2000) feeds a Sony DHR-1000. The VX-2000 is remotely controlled (Zoom) through a LANC device. The Auto-Focus on this unit is extremely fast, so manual focus control is not necessary (doing Pan/Tilts) in this application. The audio is sent separately from a pair of Neumann KM-86s. Using the Sony Digital Master standard cassette, we’re able to record up to 276 minutes (we do “on-location” Band and Choral Festivals that have up to 100 performing groups).

I’m aware that the FX1/Z1 is 1 ˝- 2 stops slower than my VX-2000 (and certainly a concern, when I have to shoot in dimly lit Hotel Ballrooms, etc.) but a recent review by Jan Ozer, (event DV, Jan.) shows a comparison image that illustrates the FX1 produces an acceptable low-light signal under “real-world” conditions.

The low-light capability and (slow?) auto-focus of the FX1/Z1 have been my two major concerns in jumping on-board.

Any and all information on these issues will be deeply appreciated.

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Ben Hardy
H & G Recorded Productions
New Orleans
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 05:18 AM   #2
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:28 AM   #3
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Do you have a link to the Event DV report?

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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:50 AM   #4
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Thanks, Rob for the "welcome".

We have a gig recording the Louisiana Music Educators Association's State Band Festival (approx 100 groups) near the end of April. I was hoping to pick up a FX1/Z1 and try it out during the week-long festival.

Radek: Try: http://www.eventdv.net/Categories/CategoryIndex.aspx?CategoryID=49
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