Another quick question. How popular is the DVCAM format?
It looks like the consumer end is going towards MiniDV. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the longevity of DVCAM. I'd hate to have another BETA system on my hands. :-)
Re: Longevity of DVCAM Format by John Sharaf on Jun 20, 2002 at 3:09:58 am
When you say Beta I know you're referring to the Betamax home version, but perhaps you don't realize that Betacam in it's oxide, metal, sx and digital versions are still (more than fifteen years later) the common and prefered formats in broadcasting and other high end video production.
Betacam and DVCAM will remain in favor until such time as HD becomes more accepted, cheaper and more popular in the broadcasting realm. I don't think you're taking much of a chance, especially considering the low price, in buying DVCAM equipment now!
I was indeed referring to Betamax I jumped on one of those early in the game. Still have it and it still runs...Tapes are a little hard to come by now! :-)
The wife has put her foot down and said the PD150 is it for a while. I just want to make sure I'm going to have something that will last .
Re: Longevity of DVCAM Format by Jim McNally on Jun 29, 2002 at 4:11:24 am
I'm thinking the DVCAM format will be around for a while. I heard it compared to MiniDV at a Sony sponsored seminar and although biased perhaps, the DVCAM format sure seemed superior. Larger recording surface on the tape makes for superior recordings. But like anything there will be another format along soon that will be better but not compatible with what we have already!
Re: Low Light Quality of PD150 by Ephraim on Jun 21, 2002 at 1:53:47 pm
No links but personal experience aplenty. PD 150 is
incredible in low light. I can't praise the camera
enough. Done an hour long doc for a client and
am just finishiong a year long doc (100 tapes shot)
all shot available light, incredible. You will
not believe how good this camera is in all situations
including low or almost no light at all. For best
results though, always white balance, stay away
from gain if you can and avoid the extremes of the
zoom lens. Good luck.