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Ken Geary
Tapless workflow for live events
on Nov 20, 2012 at 1:26:06 am

Hello all,
Every live event I produce/run, I look to refining the process of getting our show records to our on site editor as fast as possible and finished edited video (in our case a "candids" video that showcases the entire week, played on Awards Night. We have used tape in the past, and now a mix of tape and KiPro. DVCpro tapes that can record 2 hrs are only for SD. We now want to produce all in HD. Using an HD record deck, the tape ends an hr or so into the show and our Video Tech has to quickly swap tapes, that is if he gets there on time. The KiPro records (2, one for backup record) are wonderful. Next show we are going to get Mac based AVid rental and another Kipro for our Editor. the biggest problem is trying to archive the 1-2 hr Prores files to a USB drive or network storage drive. way too slow.
AJA is soon to release a Kipro hard drive adapter that is USB 3 compatible. That should make archive/backup transfers much faster.
Does anyone currently use a similar workflow? are you using ESATA cables/connections to your backup laptops?
I'm open to any suggestions. we need to have at least 2 backups to bring back on carry on without the bulk (in the "old days" our team would have to split up a stack of DVCpro tapes to carry on.
Thanks in advance



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David Eaks
Re: Tapless workflow for live events
on Nov 20, 2012 at 2:08:48 am

You could capture directly to the laptop, from the KiPro output (to an external drive or second internal via OWC Data Doubler). Then the files are already on the laptop as soon as the recording is finished and it adds another layer of redundancy.


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Jim Brown
Re: Tapless workflow for live events
on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:37:56 am

We have had great success with the Panasonic AG-HMR10 recorder. It records AVCHD on SD memory cards. We get about 3 hours with a 32gb card. Our Mac laptops have the card slot that allow us to physically remove from the recorder and import directly to the Mac. We do local sporting events for our local network affiliate and have found it to work quite well.

It also helps that those cards are about $30 and can be found at Walmart, etc.

Jim Brown
M&M ProductionsUSA


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Mark Suszko
Re: Tapless workflow for live events
on Dec 11, 2012 at 4:42:35 pm

Don't you have to transcode the AVCHD from that Panny recorder before editing?


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