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Old February 16th, 2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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NX5U in hand in Socal

I just got my new NX5U today from ProMax in Irvine, Ca
I have been playing with it for the last few hours and my initial impressions are very good. I am shooting some sample footage that i will upload to vimeo for viewing this evening. I will post a link when it is online. In the meantime, I would like to post a question regarding the GPS functionality. Does anyone know of a program on teh mac that will take advantage of the metadata and display map gps location from the footage i shoot. I know iphoto does this, but don't think it will work with these files.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #2
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benny-

congrats and a slap on the back.

it is always nice to be first.

i appreciate and look forward to any info u care to share.

i am particularly interested since i am also on the mac/fcp platform so acquisition along w/editing opinions is what i'm hoping u can provide.

again, thanks for doing the legwork

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Old February 17th, 2010, 03:18 AM   #3
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Impressions

After nearly a full day "playing" with the camera I have a few things to share with the class.
Take into consideration I have been working on the Z1U camera as well as the EX-1 camera for the last year or so. Most of my comparisons will be coming from those two models.

1. I have been VERY impressed with the build quality of the body and all the attention to detail that they gave this camera. From the Dual tripod screws on the bottom to the attached xlr imput covers that I won't lose anymore. The body is solid and feels good in the hand. It is a little front heavy with the G lens but with a bigger 970 battery on the camera it seems to even things out better.

2. The button layout is similar to that of the Z1u but some obvious differences with the audio controls improved and the missing tape mechanism. I think that is what makes the body look front heavy. The amount of real estate that the tape mechanism took up was significant. This model has it where it counts. A good grip under the top handle is a nice add as well.

3. LCD is SHARP!! It really looks nice compared to the Z1u. Similar to the EX-1 in my opinion. Colors are more "true" than any LCD I have used in the past.

4. SDHC Support. I am sooo glad sony got real and added SDHC Support. That was one of the things that convinced me to get this camera. I purchased (2) Patriot 10x Speed 32 GB cards at Frys for $99 each. They work great. Prices are only going to come down on SD cards, so I am going to snag a few more in the couple months. I did not purchase the 128 GB flash recording module since it was on backorder. Might not need it now though :-)

5. FCP Support. I was very pleased with the out of the box workflow that already exists for the camera and AVCHD codec. I took the windows disc that the camera came with and just threw it aside. The FCP workflow couldn't be easier. I plugged the camera in directly, opened log and transfer in FCP and there were the clips, ready to transfer. 1 click and they were being transcoded and imported as Pro Res 422 Files and ready for edit. You can choose between ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and Pro Res 422 HQ. I did NOT see an option to combine clips to one single clip on import :-( maybe that's coming on the mac end soon.

6. GPS. Haven't been able to test this out yet, but I will tomorrow and see if I can get a Raw file for you all. You should be able to pull that raw file in and see exactly where I filmed it. Stalkers!!

7.Price. Awesome price. Features like HSDI out, multiple solid state recording options, A variety of frame rates, 20x G lens, Dual XLR, GPS, and much more make this the best bang for the buck around in the Prosumer market. I was a Sony Hater for years when My Canon's couldn't be beat. But I am sold on Sony and their offerings. Hands down.

The Camera was purchased from Promax because they were fast and competitive on the price. No one else could get it as fast they they could. Props to Them! I have a fun project this weekend that should really put this camera to the test it deserves.
I WILL be putting up a link to view some samples of footage I took right out the box.

Stay tuned.

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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:51 AM   #4
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thoughts

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the camcorder. Did you encounter any problems? Somebody mentioned a "buffer overflow" error appear on the screen during recording.
We are waiting to see some footage.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #5
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Somebody mentioned a "buffer overflow" error appear on the screen during recording.
We are waiting to see some footage.
That sounds like a simple case of a memory card being too slow to handle the camera's output.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 08:22 AM   #6
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That sounds like a simple case of a memory card being too slow to handle the camera's output.
It could have been caused by a slow card. The buffer should continue to write to the card after the camera is turned off. The camera may appear to be locked up when actually it's still writing to the card while turned off. Pulling out the battery corrupted the entire process.

I think more details on the media are needed.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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I experienced no buffering issue whatsoever. I recommend going to class 10 SDHC cards if you choose that route. They aren't much more $ than class 6. That should solve any slow buffering going on.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #8
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When you test out the GPS feature, does it only log the initial point or does it continually keep track of your location over time?

For example, there is a new camcorder that has this feature

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Old February 18th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #9
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According to page 24 of the User Guide, HD can be recorded to both the a flash card and the optional 128 gb flash drive at the same time. I'm I correct? If so this would create an immediate back up.
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Yes, you can record redundantly (very nice feature), or you can record simultaneously in HD and SD (which I imagine could be quite useful for some purposes).
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Old February 18th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #11
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Thanks that could be a huge advantage and give peace of mind.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 01:28 AM   #12
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When you test out the GPS feature, does it only log the initial point or does it continually keep track of your location over time?
So, after getting into bootcamp and launching Sony's Content Managment Utility I was able to test the GPS feature on this camera.
After importing the clip I simply highlighted the clip and choose from the tools menu " Show on Map" It then brought up Google maps on my brower and had the location point pointed on the dot.
I WAS driving at the time of the recording but I don't see a trail or multiple points on the map where I was traveling. Although I think I only traveled a half mile or so during the recording. Pretty cool.

Here ar ethe GPS coordinates it took from the camera pretty neat.
33.700345, -117.885611

+33 42' 1.24", -117 53' 8.20"

33.700345,-117.885611 - Google Maps
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Thanks for checking that out for me. It isn't a dealbreaker that it doesn't to continuous GPS logging, but it would have been a nice feature to use when I'm travelling.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #14
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The camera itself does do continuous GPS coordinate recording, but I don't know if the bundled software makes use of this.

DVMP Pro will display the GPS coordinates at any point during the recording, so you can see the coordinates change as you play back the m2ts/mts file. It will also do the Google Map thing - it does not show a trail across the map but it will pop up a map showing the location at any frame.

http://www.dvmp.co.uk/player.htm#geotagging

It would be interesting to know if the bundled software will display the location anywhere in the file.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 11:57 PM   #15
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batt was not pulled out

Hi Gregory

I did not pull the battery out until after it was obvious that the cam was totally frozen in a deep crash -- on one occasion I left it in for 20 minutes after the crash, just to make sure.

Also, I was using class 10 SanDisk Extreme cards.

Please read the thread I've put up in this forum carefully.

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