A little confused about all this P2 and DVCProHD stuff...
Posted 18 February 2007 - 01:48 AM
Posted 18 February 2007 - 05:18 AM
You can't record DVPRO HD onto tape with the HVX200. only onto P2. So you have to download each P2 and then reuse it to shoot more material. B & H have the 8 GB P2 for approx $1100.
DVPRO HD is the format used on Panasonic's high end cameras like the Varicam and has a lot less compression than HDV.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 12:13 PM
Posted 18 February 2007 - 01:00 PM
720p, 1080i nor variable frame rates are available on tape with the HVX200. It only records miniDV to tape, so it's not really worth getting the camera unless you're planning to use it with P2 cards (i.e. there are *much* more affordable cameras out there that will give you equivalent quality miniDV). There are higher-capacity P2 cards on the way (up to 32GB), but expect to pay an arm and a leg for those. Even a modestly-equipped HVX200 package will easily run you $8-10K street price.
Ok, thanks. I really cant use P2 cards because my projects mostly consist of skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking, an8 gig cards just arnt enough for that. How good is the picture on MiniDV? Is the 720p varable framerate still avalble?
Here's a FAQ that may be helpful.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 01:18 PM
If you need an HD camera that records HD to tape, you need a different camera. But unless you're talking about a professional HDCAM (like the F900) or DVCPRO-HD (like the Varicam) camera, then you're talking about the HDV tape format.
The third alternative to P2 cards and the various HD tape formats is the Sony HD XDCAM camera, which records to discs. And the fourth alternative is recording to computer hard drives, etc.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 01:41 PM
Remember that once a card is full, you can just copy it to a laptop or dedicated "firestore" to free up your card. If you have two cards, then this allows practically continuous running since one card is recording while the other is copying. Although that is a bit of a workload for one person up a mountain!
Posted 18 February 2007 - 05:53 PM
Posted 23 February 2007 - 03:42 PM
Yeah and thats alot fo poop to carry in a backpack!!! If I was just doing ski/snoboard I would consider it but carrying that stuff while doing 30mph on singletrack with bigger drops? thats a big fat N-O!
Well you can shoot 720pN with 2 8 gig cards, and get 40 minutes of footage in one shot. Rent a p2stor for a day, and you can dump the contents of the cards. its battery powered, fast,and the size of a brick. reltivy easy to carry around. this way you can capture like 2 and a half hours of footage per day.
Posted 23 February 2007 - 05:40 PM