Hard drive camcorder, easy editing?

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    • #45659
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Hi,

      I’m shopping for a quality camcorder, but consumer level. Since the tape is seeming to go away, i’m interested in hard drive models like the CANON HFS100.

      Here is my question. When I transfert the files to my computer, will each clip be storedindependently? I just came back from vacation with 3 tapes–so a lot of clips, but captured the tape in a few clips. Aving millions of clip would be a lot much longer to edit.(I edit with Final Cut Express 4) If there is not a alternative to this, could the HV40 do the job instead?

      Thanks in advance for all your great ideas,

      Antoine

    • #189380
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Anyone has a hard drive or SDHC card cam? Please tell me about the uploading.

    • #189381
      AvatarAnonymous
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      yeah it will make a new clip every time you start to record, and if you record for long periods of time, sometimes it will break it up into multiple clips for the sake of file size. If you are filming creative stuff, like movies for example, it could actually help with finding the right take faster, but it all depends on what you are wanting.

    • #189382
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Thanks for the info, but I just read in the final cut manual that it requires a intel processor to upload AVCHD, thing that I don’t have. I’m presently shopping for a Macbook Pro, that will be great for editing.

    • #189383
      AvatarAnonymous
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      yeah AVCHD is a monster, I use PP CS4 on a brand new macbook pro and I still have to render constantly…

    • #189384
      Avatardingdong
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      my laptop has no problems downloading from the cameras hard drive but when i get into the downloaded file it wont play or be retreived with my editing program.

      I hear alot of guys saying also they use the card. I never have used cards and wonder what the difference is?

    • #189385
      AvatarOSD
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      I have a Canon Vixia HF10 and using a SanDisk MicroMate card reader, I can transfer files from the SD card to the computer, for a movie that is 10 minutes long, in about 10 minutes. Because the AVCHD files are so compressed, it does take some time to transfer them to my Mac (non-Intel chip G5).

      Once I’ve transferred my files to the Mac, I then have to convert the files in VoltaicHD and it does take some time too, depending on the size of the video clip. For example, I had a 16-minute video clip that took just shy of 30-minutes to be converted to a .MOV file.

      I’ve got a system now in place where I download and convert all my files to .MOV files in about an hour for 30 minutes worth of footage. Then I go to town editing in FCP6.

      I hope this helps?

    • #189386
      AvatarAnonymous
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      yup, had to buy a new computer! I now have a intel 8gb ram 27”, big thing, so I hope it will work, I haven’t purchased my card cam yet. thanks to all!

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