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John Fishback
Re: need direction! - migration away from DigiBeta SD
on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:30:47 pm

I second Nates suggestion about the HPX500. We've had one about a year and couldn't be happier. The savings between that cam and a 3000 will buy you a lot of additional gear as suggested by David.

However, as far as P2 goes, once you treat it as an IT workflow, you can be safe. Tape or film can burn up, be stolen, etc. Files stored in multiple locations are more secure IMO. In a year of P2 shooting we've had no issues. The workflow is considerably faster than tape, particularly when injesting selects, since you capture faster than real time from P2 media.

We have produced a number of projects in DVC Pro HD. We have a setup similar to yours with 2 Cinema displays. We have used one of the displays with a MXO to monitor HD which worked rather well, but there are times we really need the screen real estate and so we're upgrading to a Mac Pro with Kona3 and TV-Logic monitor.

We intend to produce everything in HD, even though most of our clients currently request SD relesaes. We see that changing over the next few years, so client archives will be compatible with HD releases in the future.

Good luck with your decisions.


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