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Sony HVR-Z7 / HVR-S270
Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old February 23rd, 2008, 11:23 AM   #16
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I was thinking about this and realized that normally when you use the expanded focus function, the expanded focus video is not sent to the video output. Thus there might be a problem using expanded focus with an external recorder. If this was the case, then there should be problems with the V1 and DR60 recorder and using expanded focus as well. With that in mind, I checked the V1 forum and sure enough, I found this thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...expanded+focus

Boy is that bad news. It means that we might have to live with this and there may never be a firmware fix.

As far as I'm concerned, pulling good focus is difficult enough without this roadblock. This is a really important function. Please fix it Sony!
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Old February 26th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #17
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Recording to tape and Compact Flash question . .

Can you continue to record to compact flash while changing a MiniDV tape? This, of course, is when I'll need to record to both tape and CF at the same time.

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Old February 27th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #18
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Time code - one or more files

Hello.

If you record on a tape on SD mode, you can capture on premiere pro with scene detection (very useful and time saving).
But if you record on HDV it doesn't works (what a shame, because it works if you downcorvert direct by the cam to SD; I don't understand this issue because time code is writen also in HDV but it's unuseful for scene detection).

I'm speaking with SONY FX-1E in mind.

OK, how it works if you record an hour on a 16 GB card? One single file of more or less 14 Gigas or various files of 2GB or 4GB or something like that?

What file system if formated the media (FAT32, NTFS, another no computer friendly)?

How it works if you record blocks of 5 minutes during one hour? One single file or 12 files?


Thanks a lot!!!!
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:59 PM   #19
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #20
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Scott,

Can you fire one of those 32GB cards my way?

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Old March 5th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #21
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Any S270 Owners?

Wondering if any 270 owners can give the board a review of the cam.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #22
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Here is already a first impression from Jim Forrest.

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=116034
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Old March 6th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #23
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How does the SD DV output look?

One of the things that makes this camera useful is it's ability to record DV (DVCAM too?), which is useful for some clients projects. I was curious how this looks in relation to other DV cams like the DSR 300/400/450. I'm mainly speaking of the S270 here.

This may have been answered in another post, but if you're just recording SD, can you record directly to tape? Sometimes you have to just do a hand off to clients after the shoot.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 11:53 PM   #24
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MacVideo.tv reviews Z7

Here's another bit of a review of the Z7.:

http://www.macvideo.tv/camera-techno...eviewId=100294

And this one compares the Z7 to the EX1:

http://www.macvideo.tv/camera-techno...amecatsamechan

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Old March 8th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #25
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And this one compares the Z7 to the EX1:

http://www.macvideo.tv/camera-techno...amecatsamechan
Replaced the second link for you, they're both the same.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 12:53 AM   #26
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Japanese Z7 fanblog with example images

Since no one in the English-speaking world is posting any Z7 images, I will share with you this Japanese blog. It is called... hdv-kukky!

http://ameblo.jp/hdv-kukky

It includes some low light examples, with different levels of gain:

http://ameblo.jp/hdv-kukky/page-2.html
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #27
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Old March 25th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #28
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A few questions about the Z7

How do you use a standard def monitor with the Z7 in either DV or HDV mode?

Are the 24p & 30p functions available in both DV & HDV?

Can the 1080p HDV format be easily mixed with 720p footage such as footage from an HVX200 P2 Panasonic? Will most edit software allow this mix on the timeline & will they cut together OK?

What about PAL? Can the camera be switched between PAL/NTSC?

Thank you

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Old March 25th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #29
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Doug Clark's posting of the operating guide answered my question that you can shoot 24p & 30p in DV.
It also answered that I can view on a SD monitor when shooting in HDV.
Thanks Doug

How about ease of mixing 720p & 1080p?

And what about the PAL/NTSC convertability?
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Old March 27th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #30
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Z7U/Final Cut - Workflow

Hello,
I am very close to pulling the trigger on purchasing the Z7U for a documentary I'll be shooting this summer down in South America.

On paper, it seems like the Z7U is perfect for this project. The ability to record to affordable CF cards while simultaneously archiving to HDV tape is perfect for a low-budget documentary where we'll be shooting hours of footage every day over the course of 4 months.

The only thing that we can't get a handle on is the workflow with Final Cut. Can you please describe your workflow for editing the Z7U's footage?

Also, based on the type of shoot we are doing, do you think this is the best camera for this type of project. Our camera budget is $7000 (cam, tripod, batts, case, accessories).

Thanks,
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