Moving to XDCAM HD at DVinfo.net
DV Info Net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts

Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts
Sony PDW-F800, PDW-700, PDW-850, PXW-X500 (XDCAM HD) and PMW-400, PMW-320 (XDCAM EX).

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 16th, 2023, 08:59 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Glasgow , Scotland
Posts: 223
Moving to XDCAM HD

Having shot various formats down the years , both at work and at home , I was latterly using HDV ( both Sony and JVC ) at home , and XDCAM at work .

I recently noticed how affordable some of the XDCAM kit was becoming on the used market , so just picked up a PDW-F350 , and a PDW-F70 for bargain prices . I'm already familiar with both since we have had the same units at work since new - when they were far from cheap .

I got the deck through the post yesterday , and other than the exchg batt ! warning , which isn't a big deal - I have the service manual and have ordered a battery for it - until then I can't save system settings , but it already works in FAM mode and discs appear nicely on the desktop of my Mac ; then I use Edit Ready to convert MXF to ProRes for ingesting into FCP7 .

I'm going down to London next week and will collect the camcorder then ; alas I couldn't afford to buy the lens as well , but for now I bought a throwaway Canon 1/2" lens until I can get a lens adaptor for my 'good' Canon 2/3" lens which I will then use with it .

I'll report back once I get it and get set up , but looking forward to having a 'proper' camera again .
Derek Heeps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 18th, 2023, 02:08 AM   #2
Equal Opportunity Offender
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,920
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

You're going to love the upgrade to XDCAM for home use. To save yourself converting to ProRes, you can download (for free) a copy of Davinci Resolve and edit direct with the files from the camera.

Andrew
Andrew Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 10th, 2023, 03:20 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Glasgow , Scotland
Posts: 223
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

Yes , the camera is great for my purposes - I shoot a fair bit of motorsport and both real and miniature railway stuff ; also do odd jobs when they come my way but don't go looking .

I'm very familiar with XDCAM , having used it at work , where we paid 28K for the same camera about 15 years ago .

The camera i collected works great , although I had a mishap the other day when I tripped over a cable in my living room and landed on top of the camera , knocking the LCD screen out of place . The screen still works , but the backlight is now dead . The camera viewfinder is still fine and recordings are OK ; I also have a separate LCD monitor I can use n the meantime . I've had the LCD panel out of the side of the camera ; no obvious fault , so I guess I'll be looking for a replacement part ....

My own stupid fault , so I can't complain .
Derek Heeps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 18th, 2023, 01:59 AM   #4
Trustee
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cornsay Durham UK
Posts: 1,986
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

As you say this older kit can be had for bargain prices and it still shoots full HD so is still perfect for most jobs.

I personally still use my trusty Panasonic HPX-371 P2 cameras and picked up a second one for 1500 and a Fujinon TH13 wide angle lens for just 200.

Also use Edit Ready too and the cards and USB adaptors are also cheap as chips these days.
__________________
Over 15 minutes in Broadcast Film and TV production: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1044352/
Gary Nattrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 19th, 2023, 11:56 AM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Glasgow , Scotland
Posts: 223
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

I just did my first biggish job with the camera , which was recording a three day conference ( well just parts of it as requested by the organisers ) still , I now have 14 discs , mostly with close to an hour of material , always recorded in a single clip .

What I am finding is that , whenever I put a new disc in , the filename is C0001 . This is a nuisance since , when ingesting , I end up with lots of files with the same name , which I have to subsequently change .

Is there a setting in the camera somewhere , that I can alter so that the filenames continue in a sequence , even after I've swapped discs ? I had a cursory look in the user manual , but there was no obvious answer .

It was never a problem in the past , when I was always recording short clips and often one disc was enough for a given job .
Derek Heeps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 19th, 2023, 05:19 PM   #6
Vortex Media
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,331
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gary Nattrass View Post
As you say this older kit can be had for bargain prices and it still shoots full HD so is still perfect for most jobs.
Sorry, the F350 is not full HD. The best resolution the camera can do is 1440x1080.
__________________
Vortex Media http://www.vortexmedia.com/
Sony FS7, F55, and XDCAM training videos, field guides, and other production tools
Doug Jensen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 19th, 2023, 05:21 PM   #7
Vortex Media
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,331
Re: Moving to XDCAM HD

Quote:
Originally Posted by Derek Heeps View Post
Is there a setting in the camera somewhere , that I can alter so that the filenames continue in a sequence , even after I've swapped discs ? I had a cursory look in the user manual , but there was no obvious answer
It's been a long time since I looked at the menus of the F350, but I think you want to go to Operation Page 5: CLIP TITLE.
__________________
Vortex Media http://www.vortexmedia.com/
Sony FS7, F55, and XDCAM training videos, field guides, and other production tools
Doug Jensen is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY USA

Scan Computers Int. Ltd.
+44 0871-472-4747
Bolton, Lancashire UK


DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:41 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2021 The Digital Video Information Network