Of course, if it was within budget/size Sony EX1 would definitely be
the winner in low light. It has 1/2" chips on it and blows HVX200 out
the water in image quality/low light.
So if one were to choose between Canon HV20 and HV30, albeit
tape-based, what does HV30 fix over HV20? I also wonder if anyone in
the videoblogging community using the new Canon HF11 (24MBPS AVCHD),
which comes with its own 32GB solid-state hard drive plus ability to
use SDHC cards. I would trade my Sony SR7 to this one any day.
As far as editing AVCHD; I have been editing in this format using
Premiere Pro CS3 with MainConcept HD 1.3 plugin with good results on a
self-built Windows XP X64 rig that has Intel Quad Q6600 chip with 4GB
RAM. The very upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 will allow editing AVCHD
natively (and promises no-render approach to effects), although I
think they will still use Mainconcept under the hood since Adobe
outsources its media encoder to them. One of the best features CS4
will offer is ability to encode out to any web format without
interuption of editing abilities, - background encoding. Currently
with my setup, simple AVCHD cutting and playback in the timeline is
smooth even without Matrox R2 card, that presumably improves AVCHD
editing dramatically. I just can't justify the $1k price of this card
though... :) As soon as I apply effects or even stretch clip's time I
need to render to play the results.
Thanks everyone for the input,
--- In email@example.com, "Brook Hinton" <bhinton@...> wrote:
> You won't find a hard-disk or card based AVCHD or HDV format
> is better in low light than the HV20. Yet. Unless you want to spend
> thousand on an HVX or the Sony EX.
> Also AVCHD, even the new higher-bitrate implementation, still lags WAY
> behind HDV in image quality (and HDV kinda sucks to begin with). I think
> within a couple of years it will be better than HDV but the real-time
> capture implementation has a long way to go.
> People's experiences editing with AVCHD vary widely, but if you have
> to convert it to an intraframe codec your life will be easier.
> I am dying to switch to a tapeless camera, but there isn't one yet that
> tempts me. I use an HV20 as my everyday (and use lots of other cams
> types in connection with work), and despite the inconvenience of
> since I shoot 24p the inconvenience of removing pulldown on everything
> before editing) it's still worth the bother for its image quality
> light capability.
> You could also look into a portable hard drive based capture system
> HV20 instead of spending probably close to the same amount for an
> camera - you'd get the HV20's quality and get to go tapeless. Can't
> for this model, but I know that people use it:
> Brook Hinton
> film/video/audio art
> studio vlog/blog: www.brookhinton.com/temporalab
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