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Erich Roland
Re: New Products
on Mar 3, 2009 at 3:39:36 am

Jeff, There are some like you who have adapted well, and that's great. There are also many who have responded in this thread who are not ready for some reason, maybe good reasons. You are right in that the future is not with tape but... P2 is also not ready for prime time (so to speak). Its not mature, and most in the main stream are not using it. Mini camera production has gone in the flash direction because you couldn't get higher quality recordings from HDV tape, and that was the main driver towards flash. We have high quality recordings in 2/3" tape systems so the driver (to change over) isn't fully cooked yet. The cost of P2 (or SxS) media, and to change over cameras, and systems in general is a big expence and therefor a big problem in a bad economy, and its not getting better anytime soon! Also the choices of Panasonic's 2/3" products are confusing and not on mark for the needs today.

So this transformation that will happen eventually may have to wait till the next advance in flash medium (or holographic) or whatever, because most of the people in the full size pro market are not buying it from what I can see. I would guess 2 years minimum before we can say most productions are not using tape. If the economy tanks for a long time it could be longer then that. Many tape cameras and decks are working happily with no reason to change, because the (no-brainer) incentives are not there. Give it time we will all understand what you have discovered but it will be cheaper, easier, and make sense to everyone, and then this conversation will no longer exist. Just the fact that there are so many nay-sayers tells the story of a cameras and decks that work just fine.

When the HDX-900 came out half the cameramen I know were lined up to buy them, and many more have bought since. Now that was a product movement that made sense and had legs! (Even though it killed many peoples Varicam's value)

I know a lot of people in 30 years as a free lance cameraman and I don't know one person that has purchased a P2 Varicam... not one! Its the wrong product.... or bad timing.... or both!

best, E

Erich Roland
HD camera rentals, Washington DC
(and Cameraman)

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