Morning Shooting Roundup

Before I dig into the day’s work, a few items revolving around shooting video have caught my eye:

  • Jan Ozer wrote an article for EventDV that provides a lot of valuable information on shooting with multiple cameras, in this case capturing a jazz concert. Working with multiple cameras is much more difficult in iMovie than Final Cut (Pro or Express), though it is possible. A good takeaway is Jan’s advice to not switch camera views in editing as often as you might think—let the performance dictate the editing. (Link via FresHDV.)
  • Canon finally jumps into the HDV space with more than just its ultra-high-end XL H1. The XH G1 and XH A1 are three-CCD camcorders that capture in HDV format. While both models appear to have similar specifications, the XH G1 adds the Canon Professional Jackpack with pro features such as HD-SDI Out, SMPTE Time Code In/Out, and Genlock Input. The XH G1 will be available in the U.S. in November, while the XH A1 is due to appear in October. Prices aren’t set for the U.S. and Europe, though the XH G1 will debut first in Japan for ¥800,000 (US$6,820) and the XH A1 will be ¥550,000 (US$4,707). These are still professional cameras; Canon hasn’t yet come out with models that compete with Sony’s consumer offerings.
  • Speaking of Sony, I failed to note its latest HD models. The $1500 HDR-SR1 is an HD model that stores footage on a 30 GB hard disk in AVCHD (a format developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic). The $1400 HDR-UX1 also stores AVCHD footage, but onto mini-DVDs. Currently, however, it appears that there’s no good way to edit the footage; I presume that support will find its way into Final Cut Pro first, and then trickle down if the format pans out. More information here.

I’m still wary of DVD-based cameras, because they’re really designed for people who don’t want to edit at all: just shoot the event and play it back on your home DVD player. And although I love the idea of saving footage to a hard disk versus tape, the implementations so far have also been, strangely, resistant to editing. (See the comments in this post for lots of valuable information on using the Sony DCR-SR100 Hard Drive Camcorder.)

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