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Boyd McCollum
Re: Camera Recommendations?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 9:41:47 pm

The Panasonic HVX-200 captures in 4:2:2 and I think they are currently offering a deal to get one 16GB P2 card free with your purchase.

Before you purchase, do some research on the tapeless workflow. You'll probably need to have at least two P2 cards during production, not to mention additional hard drives to capture your footage to and back up drives for all that footage as. Also, DVCProHD requires ~4 times the storage space as DV/DVCpro, so you'll need to account for that.

The other thing you should look into is long term archiving of the footage you capture. While hard drives are cheap, they are not a very robust media for storage. Even a year or two of just sitting can cause them not to work. I'd consider a more IT solution, such as LTO3 tape drives for archiving and even as a back up for the footage you are currently working on.

You should be able to find some very useful information on the Cow on the P2 workflow. And while the camera is well priced, you could double the cost easily with the initial investment in the workflow.


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