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Jim Watt
matching an XDCAM EX-3 and a HVR-Z5U
on Apr 10, 2010 at 6:19:56 pm

I have a shoot coming up and the producer is bringing their own Sony HVR-Z5U & wants to know if we can get it to match up with our XDCAM EX-3, shooting standard definition 16 x 9. We're recording on a Nano Flash to get the SD picture. I've never even seen a the Z5 so don't have a clue other than it does have CMOS sensors and it's a Sony so in theory it might work. anyone have a clue, experience or even an opinion?

Other than why not use two of our XDCAMs?


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Noah Kadner
Re: matching an XDCAM EX-3 and a HVR-Z5U
on Apr 11, 2010 at 4:55:48 pm

Depends on your definition of 'match'. Sure they can be synced up on a timeline and edited- but I'd suggest a test with the client to check that the aesthetics are acceptable to them.


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Fred Casanova
Re: matching an XDCAM EX-3 and a HVR-Z5U
on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:02:54 am

Yeah, what does "matched" mean to the client? We recently did a 2 camera shoot with a Z7 and an EX-1. I wanted to do multiclips without converting footage. The best I found was to have the EX-1 shoot HDV (SP mode) because that is about all I knew the Z7 could do. I might be wrong about the Z7 capabilities, but it's not our camera, so I didn't know. But the pictures were acceptably close enough in quality to switch back and forth.

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