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Tim ScarpinoOpinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 10, 2005 at 6:31:17 pm

I'm planning to start production later this summer on a low-budget nature-type documentary that will air on a regional network of PBS stations. I'm entertaining the notion of using the Panasonic AG-DVX100A as my principle field aquisition tool and cutting this on a Media 100 system at 3 to 1 compression.

I'm just curious as to what you all think of this camera and DV format for a relatively inexpensive production that will be seen on broadcast television.

Will this provide a satifactory image for 30 minutes?

Would I be pushing it if shot in the 24p mode?

Any other thoughts based on your experience?

Thanks all, and have a great weekend,

Tim


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Nick L.Re: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 11, 2005 at 3:44:10 pm

I have the DVX100A and I am very happy with it. I shoot a lot of interview in 24p mode but haven't done many high action shots with it. I usually digitiize into the Media100 at 200 kb and haven't had any problems. There is a forum on this site specifically for the 100A - you can probably get more useful info there.

Nick Lammers
Media Mill, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Media 100i XS 8.2.1
Dual 1Ghz G4


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Tim ScarpinoRe: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 13, 2005 at 12:19:00 pm

[Nick L.] "I have the DVX100A and I am very happy with it. I shoot a lot of interview in 24p mode but haven't done many high action shots with it. I usually digitiize into the Media100 at 200 kb and haven't had any problems. There is a forum on this site specifically for the 100A - you can probably get more useful info there."


Nick, at 200 kb, this would be about 2 to 1 compression, correct? I've got an older Media 100 (ver 6) running with a couple of SCSI arrays for a total of about 32 gigs of storage space. My footage will be all tripod and not alot of zooms or pans. What am I looking at (roughly) for total minutes available for storage with these 32 Gigs? 35 minutes? 40? 50?

Thanks for your consideration,

Tim



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Nick L.Re: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 13, 2005 at 3:33:57 pm

Tim, I used to know the time/kb ratios but they've been "deleted from my hard drive" a long time ago. There may be a chart on the Media100 website, or maybe someone on the forum has the breakdown. I can say that I was previously digitizing at 100-150 kb and never noticed any artifacts in the video. I did, however, notice some "jaggies" on more complex graphics so I bumped up to 200 kb. Bottom line, the 100A shoots great video, in my opinion. I think the digitizing rate is a separate issue, whether you're using the Media 100, another NLE, or another camera.

Nick Lammers
Media Mill, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Media 100i XS 8.2.1
Dual 1Ghz G4


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Tim ScarpinoRe: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 13, 2005 at 7:31:34 pm

[Nick L.] "Bottom line, the 100A shoots great video, in my opinion. I think the digitizing rate is a separate issue, whether you're using the Media 100, another NLE, or another camera."


Nick, thanks. And I do hope it shoots "great" video. Having done this for 20 years, cutting my technical teeth by setting up 2" RCA Quad VTR's, I've seen a lot and hope the 100A, for the price, gives me an image I can work with. I've got a unit coming for demo next week, so we'll see what happens.

Thanks again for your time....

Tim


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Nick L.Re: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 13, 2005 at 8:13:45 pm

Good luck. I think you'll like it. Wow - 2" VTRs! The largest I can claim is 1" - I can't say that I miss threading tapes.

Nick Lammers
Media Mill, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Media 100i XS 8.2.1
Dual 1Ghz G4


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Tim ScarpinoRe: Opinions on Panasonic AG-DVX100A
by on Jun 14, 2005 at 12:02:05 pm

[Nick L.] "Wow - 2" VTRs! The largest I can claim is 1" - I can't say that I miss threading tapes."

Well, the Sony BVH-3100 with auto threading was a real hoot. Imagine, a VTR that acted like a vacuum cleaner. Who'da thunk it?

Cheers,

Tim


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