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Old 02-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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It appears that I am going to be involved in producing a short TV program on local station that will be about dirt racing (holding my breath on this one). The client wants footage from my EX-3 along with footage from the new Panasonic POV camera. Also some footage from a Sony small HD cam. All footage will be shot at full HD 1920x1080i. I am not familiar with the formats on these additional cameras. From what I understand, the Panasonic shoots on a flash card and the Sony has an internal hard drive. I have the card reader for the flash card along with the reader for the EX-3. The Sony has a USB connection that will allow down loading to the computer.

The bulk of the footage will be with the EX and then cut aways to footage from the other two cameras. The Panasonic will be inside the car and the other camera hand held from the infield and pits. Will my beloved Edius 5.12 be able to work with two different formats or will I have to convert the footage from the b roll cameras?

All of my work flow experience with tape less acquisition has been with the EX-1 and Ex-3 and it works like a charm.

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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Edius can easily handle multiple formats, but it would be better if you could find out what the exact format is from the other 2 cameras. You will also be concerned with trying to bet the different cameras to match color. This could take a bit of time.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #3
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Three different formats? I would bet that converting to HQ would ease the speed of editing.
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I'm with George on this one. Convert to HQ.

I have to edit all kinds of stuff given provided by clients and a conversion to HQ makes it so easy. Granted there is the extra time involved but that's a good excuse to make some coffee!
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:23 PM   #5
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The main camera will be the EX-3 and the other cameras will be the Sony
HDR-XR500V 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder and the Panasonic AG-HCK10 camera head and recorder both cameras shoot the AVCHD format at 1920x1080i.

So what you are telling me is that after I get the clips from the two B roll cameras in the bin to convert them to Canopus HQ?

If I can pull this off I may have a chance to save our company from extinction this next racing season. Things are pretty tight here.

What the sony camera will be used for is to shoot close up down on the track after a wreck or caution. The Sony cameraman will be stationed in the infield and then run to the wreck to get his footage. The Panasonic will be used in a car some of the time and at other times as a POV camera down on the track at near ground level.

Thanks guys for your advice as always you are a fountain of knowledge

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If the others are AVCHD you don't have much choice but to use the AVCHD2HQ converter to work in Edius. I would probably do that for the other cameras but not worry about converting the EX3 camera. Edius should handle that fine.
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