We are about to upgrade our FCP to 7 and buy new cameras for our public access station. We are looking for good quality with easy and fast transfer from camera to editor. Much of our shooting is long form event, or talk show kind of material. We were looking at Panasonic the AMC40 but heard that AVCHD requires transcodeing. Still true? Is the JVC GY-HM100U still the smoothest workflow. The less steps into FCP to mpeg2 sd output the better. Any other suggestions? We want to get away from tape and plan on having our edit lab on a Maxx Digital Final share system.
With P2 or AVCHD you Log & Transfer. It's pretty straight-forward. I like the process as I can review takes, set in and outs and add notes, etc. The transfer process is faster than I am, and as the transfers happen in the background, it never slows me down. Compared to the Log & Capture workflow, it's much faster. There may be software that makes the AVCHD files appear instantly in FCP (there is for P2), but I still don't mind the L&T workflow as I still have to take the same amount of time to review, pull takes, etc.
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