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PMW 350 Subclip Errors / Inconsistencies

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Will Torbett
PMW 350 Subclip Errors / Inconsistencies
on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:05:42 pm

The issue: For some reason, in two random instances, the camera is not grouping its subclips as it does by default.

Normally, every twelve and a half minutes (or four GB) the camera splits a take into subclips, which by the time we ingest the footage is one long clip (as it was shot).

Strangely, we are seeing in a few instances the footage showing up as separate clips instead. (01, 02, 03..) with no way to join them in XDCAM software. See highlighted clips below.

But it's sporadic - grouped properly in the morning, unnaturally split later, fixed again in the evening. I checked with the director/camera ops, and they didn't know anything about settings changing on the camera itself (and there's not exactly a big external toggle to bump into).

Any thoughts/suggestions? I can only assume it's a fluke, but how can we fix this, and what should we be on the lookout for while shooting?

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