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carlos aguilar
Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 1:57:34 am

I'm trying to buy an HD camera in the range of $1,000 to 1500 that works perfectly with FCP.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/pho/3530486265.html I like that Panasonic but the problem is that AVCHD files are not supported in FCP and they have to be transcoded in clipwrap I understand. Do you guys have any suggestions for good cameras that I can just transfer the files directly without transcoding?

Thank you


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Shane Ross
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 2:06:44 am

There is only one....but it is $2500. The JVC GY-HM150. That camera shoots to native XDCAM .MOV files that can be directly edited in FCP.

http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp

Every other camera shoots footage that needs to be converted. Now, there are some, like the Panasonic HPX-170, HVX-200 (P2 cameras) that shoot DVCPRO HD...that footage won't require "transcoding," but you still need to use Log and Transfer to re-wrap the footage from MXF to MOV. But that is a process that is fast...as fast as copying the data from the card to the hard drive. But again, those are over $1000.

You won't find a camera that fits your criteria. And the one you mention doesn't require ClipWrap...FCP's Log and Transfer will work with that. This is the workflow for most tapeless cameras:

http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1

Shane
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carlos aguilar
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 2:09:01 am

Hi Shane

Thank you so much for your quick response. I heard Adobe Premiere works natively with AVCHD, do you recommend that or should I try to stick with FCP?

I'll watch the video asap, thank you so much!


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Shane Ross
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 2:30:37 am

AVCHD is a VERY complex and demanding format. Working with it natively requires a LOT of power. Top of the line computer with lots of RAM, fast fast processors, and a really good graphics card that can enable CUDA and the mercury engine. Without that, it'll be like driving in thick mud. AVCHD is a bear of a format. Even when I use Premiere I transcode before I work with it. To ProRes via the PRELUDE app.

Ask anyone who uses Premiere. Perhaps if your project is small, and not a lot of footage. But long form...best to transcode.

Shane
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Kent Beeson
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 6:24:56 am

Would the new top of line 27" iMac handle avchd raw footage natively in Fcp x or even fcp 7?

Thanks

K
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Shane Ross
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 8:53:06 am

[Kent Beeson] "Would the new top of line 27" iMac handle avchd raw footage natively in Fcp x or even fcp 7?"

I cannot comment as to FCX, but I hear it works OK. FCP 7 on the other hand, that doesn't edit AVCHD native.

Shane
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carlos aguilar
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 3:52:48 am

I watched your video Shane, you explain everything really well. It seems fairly easy to transcode AVCHD to Pro Res 422? Just to make sure, can you let me know some AVCHD plug-ins for this here?

I also want to get some good lavalier mics, omni-directionals and cardioids. Do you guys recommend any?


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Rafael Amador
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 2:10:01 am

There is no file format from any camcorder that you can drag and drop directly to FC.
AVCHD and friends (H264), needs transcoding.
Probably the most FCP friendly are the XDCAM based formats. They don't need transcoding, but re-wrapping as QT.
SONY, JVC and Canon have camcorders based on those codecs, but I don't know if there is any on your price range.
Have a look to JVC.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Camera that works natively with FCP
on Jan 10, 2013 at 3:47:55 am

Shane mentioned the JVC 150 above, which does shoot Quicktimes that work with FCP - no transcode needed.


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