Are there any decks with serial control out there that will playback sdi/sd downconvert with 24p HDV shot on this camera? Not looking forward to manual conform. Or does it work with firewire machine control on the mac, and video captured through the io sdi?
With that said, I have played back Canon XL-H1 tapes on a Sony HVRM series VTR with success (no true RS422 VTR control). And with that said, Sony is about to release the HVR-1500 (about $6500) which is a "pro"
HDV VTR with HD-SDI out, and RS422 control.
There are others on this and the Kona forum that have had success with VTR control with firewire, while using the I/O and/or Kona to capture audio and video.
REmember, there is no embedded audio with the XL-H1 - analog audio only, unless you buy the AJA HD10AM audio embedder.