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#1 okcpicker

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 04:49 PM

Ok, I'm ready to make the jump from Beta SP. First, I'd like to understand the benefit of the SDI output option. Is the purpose of the SDI output to eliminate the need of a feeder deck in the NLE system?

Or is it to provide an uncompressed signal (non-pro50) to a hardrive or NLE.

I understand the benefits of having the 24p, shooting on didgital etc, but how shall I convince my editor that he will be able to work in this format? He cuts on a Discreet Edit system with no SDI input.

Also, I sense Panny will cut prices on pro50 stuff really soon, could it be as early as NAB??

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#2 Simon Wyndham

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Posted 14 April 2006 - 05:43 AM

They already have.

http://tinyurl.com/ahntm

Odd though that it has progressive CCD's, but no progressive scan shooting option!
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Posted 16 April 2006 - 12:01 PM

... I sense Panny will cut prices on pro50 stuff really soon, could it be as early as NAB??

Panasonic substantially lowered the price of the SDX-900 about a month ago, now $16,500.00 US list including the previously optional SDI output card (but I believe not including a viewfinder, and certainly not a lens, battery, etc.):
http://catalog2.pana...Model=AJ-SDX900

(Simon's link points to the SPC-700 model).

An on-board SDI output is primarily useful for high-quality monitoring, or for a multicam switched production, or for connecting "live" to an alternate recording device. In general, to avoid wear & tear on the camcorder's tape transport, you don't use a cam as a feeder deck for editing and such.

Stay tuned to NAB for (likely) further announcements.
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