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andres garcia
HDV the next step
on Sep 14, 2011 at 1:57:07 pm

I run a small production company with five cameramen and 10 Final Cut Pro station for coporate videos. Until now we have worked with sonys HDV V1U, and it was fine. Now we are going to improve our recording equipments, but we have not found a practical and efficient workflow with the AVCHD cameras, that are the standard today from sony, panasonic and canon. First you can't review the footage in the finder, when you log and transfer it, they become huge, and with 5 cameras recording every day, there is not an affordable option to storage the coverted files. Anyone have solved this situation....

Andres Garcia
covisual.com


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Chris Tompkins
Re: HDV the next step
on Sep 14, 2011 at 2:01:15 pm

Adobe Premiere Pro will work with the card media naively - fyi.

JVC cameras can record straight to mov files.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Shane Ross
Re: HDV the next step
on Sep 14, 2011 at 3:25:08 pm

Well, if you want to view the footage in the finder, you can get this free software that allows that:

https://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/dload/avccam_impt/agree_e.h...

[andres garcia] " but we have not found a practical and efficient workflow with the AVCHD cameras, that are the standard today from sony, panasonic and canon"

LOG AND TRANSFER in FCP. You can import the footage as ProRes LT if you want to save on space. Workflow here:

Tapeless Workflow for FCP 7 Tutorial

Or, if you want to bring it in as an offline quality option, and then online later, here's this workflow:
http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless_online/1

AVCHD is more compressed than HDV...and really isn't editable natively. Even with Premiere Pro...you need a SUPER fast machine, with a REALLY GOOD Nvidia graphics card (to enable the Mercury Engine) and lots of RAM. And even then, it isn't ideal. AVCHD is not a format that is meant to be edited natively. It is a shooting format that is meant to be converted. It's too compressed and takes a LOT of system resources to deal with in post.

Shoot lots? Get more drives. They are cheap lately. $250 for a 2TB G-Raid. $430 for a 4TB model.

Shane

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