We shoot with the Sony Z5U. It's a wonderful camera for the money. Beautiful picture. We also shoot with the Sony PDW-F330 and F350 XDCAM cameras. Often we have to mix the cameras, shoot a-cam with the F350 and b-cam with the Z5U. Picture-wise they match well. My problem is that when we load the media to FC, the HDV footage has to be converted to work in the timeline with the XDCAM footage. When we do this, the Z5U footage turns to mud. It loses so much picture quality.
We cut it together in the timeline as XDCAM because when the edit is finished we dub real-time to XDCAM disc for archive. Works very well.
Any suggestions for how to cut the two different formats together without losing picture quality? Thank you.
The Z5 has HDMI out, so what you can do is capture the files via HDMI into the Black Magic Intensity pro card with Final Cut and capture as Pro Rez, this will keep what quality you have from the HDV. You really should look into adding the Convergent Design Nano Flash SDI/HDMI digital recorder and take full advantage of the Z5 sensors, allow you to record @100 Mbps 4:2:2, yielding full raster 1920x1080 resolution with cheap compact flash media. You can create quicktime edit ready files and avoid any down time from capturing. This would be the best solution to match these cameras.