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Re: Upgrade HDR-FX1 for XDCAM EX

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David Lavery
Re: Upgrade HDR-FX1 for XDCAM EX
on Jan 25, 2008 at 4:08:19 pm

We have a very simular setup with the HDR-FX1 (as well as a Z1u, V1u,A1u... all fun rigs) with the AJAlhe. We recently purchased two XDCAM EX cameras and love them.
The image qaulity... no comparison. The EX is amazing. The footage we get is comparable to some much higher end shoots we've done with Vericam. This ain't no HDV.

The workflow was tricky at first but we love it now. We opted to use the card slot in a laptop and log to a firewire drive (much faster then using the USB on the camera, and we don't have the card reader.. our bad).
But it works great for us. I recommend getting an AIT tape drive or in our case an optical disk solution to back up the media disks content (if you have a need to protect your original raw) We also back up the quicktime footage with the project separately, giving us the added safety net.

But to answer your question... 1000 times yes! This is a serious camera with real pro features that will give you far more flexibility. If you shoot hand held at all get a shoulder brace. This camera CAN NOT be shot hand held. It's more than just heavy and uncomfortable, It's like being water boarded...

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