Wondering if anyone had any advice on the following:
We are looking to buy a *consumer* HD camcorder to give to contributors in our programmes, when they are to do filming themselves (video diaries etc.). It seems quite hard to get information on the codecs, and how easily we would be able to import them into FCP - for example, it would be great to avoid having to use an external converter such as Mpeg streamclip. Any suggestions?
You should be able to use the Log and Transfer function in FCP. It works the same way as Log and Capture, but reads the video files from your media and not a tape deck/capture card. The Log and Transfer should convert the files as you log them.
Also, the station I work for does a similar thing and we found that the Flip HD cameras work pretty well. They have simple use (point and shoot) as well as internal memory, a battery and they are super cheap (compared to other HD consumer cameras). Just a though ...
I think what he's saying is that flip cams record in h.264 or AVCHD, and those don't play well with others on a Final Cut timeline... yet.
I understand these formats are already good to go formats in Adobe Premiere's latest version, and I'm hoping the next version of FCP catches up because that delay to convert the footage before you can cut it is a killer.