So yesterday a very bewildered Fedex guy (having navigated through our little snow storm) came to my office saying that he had a big box on a pallet for me. It turns out that it was a spare chassis for a Synergy MD switcher. Which I haven’t requested, yet was addressed to me. And I seem to be the only one who finds this odd.
Edit: Ok, apparently it’s a replacement chassis so that I can swap our cards around and then take advantage of a software upgrade. They just forgot to let me know…
Take a look at these two fantastic articles about using HDV on the set of “24.” Really well written stuff…
On the third try, I received three FS-4ProHD 80gig Firestore recorders. They’re all NTSC too! All three work, but one came with a faulty charger. So, that makes us 2 for 9 I guess. Hrm.
Anyways, they work pretty well as far as I can tell. I’m going to try and do a full review on Friday.
Ok, I’ve never heard of this company before. That may be my own ignorance though. For-A has announced a portable HD/SD switcher with HDV, DV, SDI and HDSDI. It’s called the 2M/E Hanabi and it’s supposed to be “affordable”. Sub $30k. Take a look at the spec sheet, and be amazed! They’re definitely going on my “See at NAB” list.
Meant to blog about this the other day. Avid announced that they purchased Medea. This, combined with Avid’s purchase of Pinnacle Systems a year ago, makes me very curious about what Avid’s longterm growth plan.
I find it absolutely astounding that support for 24p/24f HDV video post production is so poor. Final Cut can’t do it right, Avid can’t do it right, Premiere can’t do it right.
I understand that something like Final Cut can’t be “turned on a dime” so to speak, but seeing as 24p was the buzzword to have in a product over the last few years, I can’t understand why support has been so slow in coming. As best I can tell, neither Canon or JVC do anything particularly unpleasant when they write the signal to tape.
I wanted to take a moment to quickly run through the different options for cutting 24p/24f on a Mac, to try and sum up why they’re all terrible. Follow the jump for more fun and depression!
I’ll try for an update tomorrow… a bit crazy busy right now…
There’s been a lot of talk on the net lately about the various pros and cons of overcranking with the HVX-200 versus deinterlacing and undercranking the XL-H1. Here’s my take on this issue.