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Re: The second elephant in the room

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Peter DeCrescenzo
Re: The second elephant in the room
on Apr 19, 2005 at 4:13:38 am

Hi Chris: Jan C., the Panasonic product manager has said repeatedly here & elsewhere the new cam won't include a DVCPRO-50 or DVCPRO-100-HD capable tape transport. Do you need something more definitive than that?

As Jan has said and others have confirmed, DVCPRO-50 & -100 tape transports are _big_ and _expensive_. The new cam is neither. So, the tape transport in the new cam is for 25 megabits/sec DV only. Period.

As for your questions concerning harddrives playing/recording the above compressed video formats: Yes, most modern 3.5" and smaller harddrives can easily handle the maximum 100 megabits/sec (plus overhead) datarate required. Note: "Megabits", not "megabytes." Big difference, yes?

As for the iPod reports, I believe it was BlackMagic Decklink who did a technology demo using an iPod for compressed HD playback, and in general the BM Decklink folks are pretty reliable. They've forgotten more about HD than most people know, so I think you can trust them when they say this sort of thing is generally possible -- even if it was partly a geek/publicity stunt.

For most production work there will likely be a variety of rugged portable HDDs available for use with the new cam once it ships later this year.

All the best,

- Peter

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