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John Corino
Just got fs-100, need help with overcranking
on May 23, 2009 at 12:21:06 am

Hi, I just got the fs-100 firestore and am brand new to a tapeless workflow. I am trying to figure out how to overcrank, and I've been searching the forums. Can someone help out? I noticed there is a difference in my firestore settings for p2 and p2 pN, do these affect anything? I heard with a firestore, you cannot shoot in pN mode though?

Any help in this is appreciated.



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Michael Sacci
Re: Just got fs-100, need help with overcranking
on May 23, 2009 at 3:25:41 am

[John Corino] "I noticed there is a difference in my firestore settings for p2 and p2 pN, do these affect anything?" WOW! Of course there is a difference.

First thing you need to do is to read the manual and the FAQ on the companies website.

More then anything else you need to read the entire manual before you take this on a shoot. There are several things you can do that will screw you big time. It needs to be setting and used strictly by the book. After spending some time post specific questions on things you cannot figure out.





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John Corino
Re: Just got fs-100, need help with overcranking
on May 23, 2009 at 12:37:48 pm

I read the FAQs and the Manual and still was not given an explanation about what the difference is between p2 and p2 pn. It appears that I cannot set the setting for the pn mode within the camera but must always do it through the firestore. I am still confused on what the difference between the modes are?
It seems like to do variable frame rates you must shoot in in the pn mode, is this correct? Is this the only advantage to the pN mode? And does this mode record audio if you have not changed the frame rate in the camera?



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Michael Sacci
Re: Just got fs-100, need help with overcranking
on May 23, 2009 at 8:29:28 pm

A word of caution, the Firestore does not like shooting in different modes in the same session. It wants you to choice one way, then offload the footage and reformat before changing settings, why, no idea, just one of the must know facts.

With that said here is what I hope is a clear explanation of pN settings.
Camera side, pN setting will not send a signal out the Firewire so it is ONLY to be used when you are writing to P2 cards.

FS-100 side, pN mode removes the duplicate frames or advanced pulldown that the camera sends over firewire. This set can be down on transferring P2 footage but by doing it at the time of recording you get much longer recording times out of the FS plus it the best way to remove the frames if you use QT recording format.

So you CANNOT use pN in camera and in Firestore at the same time.

For VFR (this is straight out of the manual)
AG-HVX200 Camera Settings
1. Set SCENE FILE > OPERATION TYPE is set to FILM CAM.
2. Set SCENE FILE > FRAME RATE to the appropriate FPS.
3. Set RECORDING SETUP > UB MODE to FRM.RATE.
4. Set RECORDING SETUP > RECORD FORMAT to:
NTSC: 720/24P or 720/30P.
PAL: 720/25P.
See the camera's documentation for more details.

FS-100 Settings
1. Set DV FORMAT to QUICKTIME PN or P2 PN.
2. Set SETUP-->VFR MODE to the appropriate base frame
rate: 720/24P 24
720/25P 25
720/30P 30

While recording in VFR mode, VF is displayed on the HOME
screen below the battery indicator. If the VF is not displayed
there is a setup issue: please, review the settings shown above.
For more information, see VFR MODE on page 66.Input Stream VFR MODE

WARNING:
It is critical that the VFR MODE is set properly prior to doing a
VFR mode record. This setting is set to OFF whenever the
unit is powered down or the DV FORMAT value is changed.
When VFR MODE is set to a value other than OFF, all PN
recordings will have the audio MUTED.





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John Corino
Re: Just got fs-100, need help with overcranking
on May 24, 2009 at 10:30:28 pm

Okay great, I think I understand it now. I appreciate your help.



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