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January 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM #48919AnonymousInactive
I am having a hard time deciding what to do. I am looking at Sony’s HDR-AX2000
and Canon’s XF100. The XF100 is yet to be released, but has anyone here used the
HDR-AX2000? I have an old HDR-FX1, but looking to upgrade and get out of using
mini DVs. Should I wait for the Canon or should I spring for the Sony right now?
Any input on either of these cameras is welcome. 🙂
January 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM #200549vid-e-o-manParticipant
I too am considering the Sony HDR-AX2000 although not right away. I found an extensivehands on review of this cam at
I hope this helps. Hopefully someone else will chime in with some other info or advice.
January 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM #200550
I have the Sony AX2000 I honestly is a top of the line camcorder. The picture quality is great, excellent in low light and gives you the complete liberty in manual controls. I purchase mine from BHphotovideo and it included a video light (which by the way is a must have) and NP-F970 battery that last around 10 to 14 hours (another must have). That BHphotovideo kit is a excellent offer for the price and I’m extremely happy with it. You can see one of the footage I took under very low light at my website (be sure to see it in 1080p). This camcorder only has one problem which is it can only record around 12 minutes, after that time the file is split in two files and some video and audio frames are lost in that process (around 6 frames). This can be fixed by using the included Sony Picture Content Manager.
January 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM #200551AnonymousInactive
Ikes! I didnt know that about the camera. (The 12 minute record thing). That could be a deal breaker. Is there any way around that? I cant be recording something and lose frames, even if it is just 6. Imagine that coming at a time where its an important part of video. Like at a wedding and the simple “I do.” I cant have an “I do” become an “I oo” Theres no way to get around this that you know of?
January 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM #200552
No, is does not delete 6 frame forever when recording. The thing is that this camera records in AVCHD with file extension MTS. When editing you can access the MTS files individually from the SDHC card and import them directly to your editing application. Lets say you recorded a 24 minute video, then you will have two separated MTS files of around 12 minutes each and if you import it as individual video files directly and join them together in your editing application then you will see the lost audio and video frames. This only happen if you import the MTS files directly to your editing application, if you have footage longer than 12 minutes you will need to convert your MTS footage to another format using Sony Picture Content Manager which is included with the camera. This program joins together the separated MTS files and add the missing audio and video frames. The AX2000 does record the missing footage, but on another folder with another extension name, and the only way that I know to join the footage is using the Sony Picture Content Manager. If you are a Mac user (like me) you will need to get a Windows computer because the Sony program does not work in Mac (I’m using an old desktop Windows computer I had at home). I have look around for a program for Mac just for this, but haven’t found anything. The only downside of using the program is waiting for the video to encode, but what can I say, that the video editor life.
January 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM #200553
By the way, I contact Sony support regarding not having a Mac program to join the video files and this is what they respond.
Thank you for contacting Sony Support.
I’m sorry that the Camcorder splits the files, when it records for more
than 12 minutes. Please note that if the movie file exceeds 2 GB during
recording, the Camcorder divides the file, and creates a new file
automatically. There is no software from Sony to merge these videos into a single file.
We would recommend you check with your favorite retailer, specialty
magazines, or search the Internet for available options that may be
available from third-party manufacturers to address your request.
NOTE: Sony does not make any warranty or representation
with respect to the performance, suitability or compatibility
of any products manufactured by third parties.
Thank you for your time.
The Sony Email Response Team
January 26, 2011 at 10:43 PM #200554AnonymousInactive
Seems kind of bad. I mean, paying that much for a camera and having to deal with that just seems dumb. Why would Sony do that to what seems like an otherwise great camera? I too use all macs. I do have a copy of windows that I can use in bootcamp, but doing that just seems like an extra unnecessary task. My guess would be that it divides the file because it would be formatted in FAT32 file system. If that is indeed the case, why would Sony make the dumb choice to format the memory cards in FAT32? Seems… stupid. 🙁 I really like everything else about the camera though.
January 26, 2011 at 11:42 PM #200555
You are right, the card are formatted in FAT32. That’s the only thing I don’t like about this camcorder, but I don’t usually record longer than 12 minutes so it does not affect me that much. Maybe this camcorder big brother, the Sony HXR NX5U, could record continuously if you buy the HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit. I had read that the NX5U is better than the AX2000, but to me I’m fully satisfied with the AX2000 top quality.
January 26, 2011 at 11:45 PM #200556AnonymousInactive
Hmm, didnt think of that. An HD unit attached may just be a fix. Not sure how to go about finding out though. Maybe I will have to call sony. What contact did you use to contact them?
January 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM #200557AnonymousInactive
just checked BH for the other camera and its flash unit. Here it is:
That too is FAT32. Why?!?! Im so confused. Im not electronic engineer, and even I know thats not the file system to use for video. I just dont get it. 🙁
January 27, 2011 at 3:15 AM #200558AnonymousInactive
Do you know by chance if theHXR NX5U has the same issue?
January 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM #200559
I really do not know if the NX5U has the same issues. Since it can use SDHC cards I believe it could limit the recording to 2 GB per clip. But if you use the flash unit maybe that won’t happen. You should contact Sony at this email <span class=”gI”><span class=”go”>firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their support website at </span></span>http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-accessories.pl?
January 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM #200560AnonymousInactive
Thanks, I just emailed them. I also did make a decision and went for theHXR-NX5U and ordered it from BH. I did not get the flash unit though just yet. That may be a future purchase.
January 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM #200561AnonymousInactive
Just to give an update, the memory unit still spilts the clips from what Sony has said.
January 28, 2011 at 1:36 AM #200562XTR-91Participant
Mine can only do21 min., equivalent to 3.99GB.
Anything that’s not Microsoft isn’t NTFS. Mac won’t recognize it unless you install the compatibility pack.
January 28, 2011 at 2:43 AM #200563AnonymousInactive
What will Mac not recognize? The flash memory unit? From what others said online, you have to take it off the camera and plug it directly into the computer. From what I understand, it works fine in that case.
As for Mac and file systems, I have used both, Fat32 and NTFS drives. They both work just fine.
January 28, 2011 at 5:20 AM #200564
January 29, 2011 at 3:02 AM #200565AnonymousInactive
Premier doesnt have an issue with it. Its final cut that it will loose a few frames where the clips split. You need to join the files before importing into final cut.
August 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM #203955rmartin8Participant
How do you copy the whole AVCHD file on the AX2000?
August 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM #203956
rmartin8, to copy the whole AVCHD file insert the SDHC card > Click “PRIVATE” > Click “AVCHD” > Copy the folder called “BDMV” into your current project folder. Then import the clips from the folder “STREAM” to your editing software and the clips should join (at least in Premiere). If for example you have a 15 min video in 0001 and 0002 you will only drag into your NLE timeline 0001 (it will automatically join with 0002).
September 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM #203957videoeditozParticipant
Final Cut X will import the AX 2000 files, and stitch them together – in fact from every AVCHD camera I have tried.
Use the “import from camera” command in FCP X or Log and Transfer in Final Cut 7/Studio 3.
It is true that if you transcode the MTS files prior to import into Final Cut X (or Final Cut 7/Studio 3) the files are restricted to the 2Gb limited and and 6 frames are in doubt.
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