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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Hi there,
My trusty EX1 was badly damaged in an accident on Monday, and it's looking like I'm going to have to replace it (I have insurance). I would dearly like an EX1-R, because 35Mbps is all I need, and so is 4:2:0, and I like the rotating grip, and like being able to plug in an onboard light... but the EX1-R is no longer available in Canada! B&H has them (I trust B&H), but they won't ship a Sony camera outside of the US. I can get a new EXR-1 from GlobalMediaPro, but I worry about buying something from a company I don't know anything about.
Does anyone have any advice about that?

Also... here's something I like about the PMW200: the fact that it's got extra audio channels (only, I think, if you record at 50Mbps... not sure, though). But I'm curious, how can a person use the 4th audio channel?

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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

No advice about sellers. (I'm assuming you've also checked with EC Professional, Abel, etc.?)

I personally skipped over the EX1R and went to the PMW-200.
In terms of the audio tracks 3&4-- They do record when shooting at 35mbit 420 as well. Haven't tried at 25mbit.
I like having 3&4, even though there is no separate input to them:
- Normally I'll record into the XLR's from an audio person for 1&2, leaving 3&4 on camera mic. I also do that all the time with the bigger XDcam disc cameras. That means there's a bit of a last-resort backup if the camera loses its mixer connection; but more importantly if you're doing any live events where the audio person is taking a stereo feed or where both tracks are taken up with close mics, then 3&4 give you things like audience applause or room ambiance that can be mixed in nicely.
- When working off a mixer, things occasionally happen suddenly that need to be shot when the mixer is off (or not connected, or changing batteries) - and the camera mics at least give you some audio.
- I haven't been doing this - but I'm assuming that if you send 1&2 to double up on 3&4, you would have 3&4 recording with 'auto-gain' - which I normally hate, but could provide a bit of a backup if 1&2 are overmodulated? Might be worth a test.
ALSO - the PMW200 allows you to sync to external time code - and that was the deciding factor for me.
Realistically, I've been running it mainly at 35mbit 420 -- because my clients are used to that workflow. But if I need to do green or blue screen work and the client doesn't want the extra data from a NanoFlash, I switch over to 50mbit 422.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Are you sure that 4 channels record in 35mb mode? This is from Sony's specs (not that they've never been without errors) lol:

UDF Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
4 channels, 48KHz, 24-bit LPCM

MPEG HD420 (1440x1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
4 channels, 48KHz, 16-bit LPCM

UDF Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz

FAT Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD420 (1920x1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
2 channels, 48KHz, 16-bit LPCM

Fat Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 2 channels, 48 KHz, 16-bit LPCM
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #4
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Yes, I've personally shot with the PMW200 at 35mbit 1920x1080 420 (BPAV file structure) and audio recorded to all 4 channels.

(In fact, I had to warn the editors when I switched over to the PMW200 to make sure they knew to separate out the two extra channels and not mix them in unless they needed them.)
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Thanks Dave... that's good information (not available from Sony it seems!) re 4-channel recording. Although, from what I make of this, it's really just three-channel. The fourth channel is getting a duplicate of one of the others... at least that's how I understand it.

Anyway, three channels is a really nice feature that I would find very useful.

The negatives, for me, are the absence of the rotating handle, and Bob Grant's comment (on another thread) that the PMW-200 just doesn't seem like it would stand up as well as the EX1-R. (I really like a workhorse of a camera. The EX1 was good in that respect). The other negative for me re the PMW-200: the lack of shot transition.

In answer to your question about other vendors... neither of the two places you mentioned ship to addresses outside of the US. I could ask my sister-in-law in Vermont to buy it from B&H (I'd then buy it from her), but then the bill of sale/invoice would be in my sister-in-law's name, and I'd worry that this might cause me problems if I ever have to prove ownership—I've never been asked at an airport, for example, but I've been told that sometimes a camera-operator is asked to show proof-of-ownership.

Any thoughts on this?
Thanks very much,
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #6
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Do you have third-party batteries? If so, go for the EX1R. The 200 will not accept third party batteries that require a pigtail to work.

Another critical thing is the LCD will obstruct whatever you have on the cold shoe. This is not a problem with the EX1R.

If you want gently used EX1Rs, Zoompoint or Adorama might have some.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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Hi Jack,
Yes, I've checked Adorama, but I'm so incredibly leery of used gear (other than my own, of course).
You say "gently used", but how can a person really know?
It makes things trickier as well, that I live in Canada, and anything that takes place 'long-distance' is harder to fix if anything goes wrong.
Good advice re the batteries and cold shoe...
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Old January 9th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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I'm looking and there's a demo unit in pristine condition on Adorama ATM.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:57 AM   #9
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Hi Jack,
Thanks for the note; I've now bookmarked an EX1-R on the adorama site, and will enquire once I find out Sony gets back to me re repair or replacement.
I would still be a bit more comfortable buying in Canada, just in case I need some service of some kind... I see you live in Canada, in Vancouver. Are there any stores there that still have new EX1-Rs for sale?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:50 AM   #10
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Malcolm, Hamilton Video and Sound in Hamilton, Ontario is a DVInfo sponsor and a long standing supplier of mine. Even though I too live on the west coast now, a sizable amount of my gear still comes from there. Give then a call and ask for Mike or Peter and tell then that I referred you.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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thanks for this Shaun. I've placed a call... am waiting for Mike to call back.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #12
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

I got my EX1R from Genesis Matrix Video a year ago. You could try there to see if they still have any.
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In Vancouver try Commercial Electronics, Matrix Video, and Leo's Cameras.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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Re: have to replace EX1: two critical questions re EX1-R and PMW200

Jack, Bob and Shaun,
Thanks so much for your advice (and Shaun, Pete at Hamilton Video and Sound is indeed a really great guy), but as you'll see from my latest thread (How to deal with an insurance company... any advice?) I'm not very sure what my next step might be.
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