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Old March 3rd, 2011, 05:38 AM   #1
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PMW-350 and Nano workflow

(Ive posted this over at the Nano forum as well, but its probably more traffic here so maybe I get an answer)

Im due to start a production involving a lot of remote locations. Originally the idea was to use a PDW-700 camera and an EX-3 as a B-cam. Its to be broadcast in HD
The production is now looking into saving some money on the camera package (arent they always) due to the overall cost of production.
I will (hopefully) buy the camera the production want to use and rent it to them (alongside my EX-3).

SInce the 700 most likely turns out to be too expensive Im looking into the PMW-350 (as the 500 is close to the 700 in cost) and probably adding a NanoFlash to get 4:2:2.

Im very comfortable with the EX workflow, but Im a bit confused as how to throw the Nano into the mix.

I will be traveling 2 weeks at the time, backing up everything to external hard drives with my MBP.

How do I handle the file structure of the Nano, can I use the Sony Browser to view the rushes?

Finally, is it easy for the post people to get the Nano footage of the hard drives into the NLE, what do I need to take into account?
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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Re: PMW-350 and Nano workflow

Hi Joachim,

The work flow with the Nano is fairly esay.

I use 2 nano's, 1 with my ex3 and 1 with my ex1.

With the Nano you can record mxf, mp4, or quicktime. I usually use mxf as I am a Vegas user and I don't have to go through clip browser to convert the mp4 files (like you do with the EX3).

The work flow is really quite simple... the hardest part will be picking mxf/mp4/quicktime.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: PMW-350 and Nano workflow

Thanks for posting. How is the folder structure, is it just one folder like the ex camera?
How do you backup/archive?
As this us a major tv series on a major channel I have yo present a bullet proof solution.
I'm very used to the ex workflow by the way
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Re: PMW-350 and Nano workflow

The file setup is nice... When you use mxf, a single new file is created...no BPAV folders to worry about.

I have 10 32gb Sandisk Extreme compact flash cards that I record to. I also record to the SxS cards in the camera. I have 2 NextoDI 500gb storage devices that I backup the files to. I don't delete anything until I have put it on my computer.

The nice thing about the Nano is that you can control the file size that the unit can create. This way, if you are recording longer takes...you won't lose everything if there is a problem at the end of the take. (in the menu you can select how large you want each file to be, then they are seamlessly put together in your nle).
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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Re: PMW-350 and Nano workflow

If you're definitely using FCP to edit though - isnt it better to keep the original format / files that can then come in via clip browser etc?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #6
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Re: PMW-350 and Nano workflow

If you are definitely using FCP to edit shoot in Quick time - you can drag the footage straight onto the timeline without any transcoding - no need for clip browser.
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