VX2100 Vs FX1E?

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      I’m getting either camera next week and I’m torn about which to choose.

      I’m starting a videography business specializing in live and narrative music videos in order to raise the funds needed to shoot short movies. The Live music video stuff will not have the luxury of professional lighting, so I’d need a camera that handles well in low-light (VX2100) but then I might expand into other stuff like wedding videos, where the lighting there will be better. I have niehter an HDTV monitor on my editing PC or a television, and not many people in this country do.

      Quite a few questions:

      1.) Do you think there’s the possibility of Sony discontinuing production and support of the VX shortly?

      2) when actually working with HD becomes viable, will I have any problems with editing the footage? (I use Premiere 2.0)
      What should HDV footage get exported as? Does Premiere have an option to render back to HDV? In the Export settings, from an HDV project, its set to DV-AVI by default and I can’t see HDV as a preset.

      I’ve seen reviewers make mention of having to use external software in order to capture the HDV footage, like cineform connect.

      When I do shoot and have the means of using HD, is capturing HDV as easy in Premiere Pro 2 as capturing normal DV? Would I still be able to watch the m2t HDV files if I captured in HDV on a standard monitor? If so, I assume I wouldn’t notice any quality difference.

      For instance, if a client wanted their video to be in HDV, could I edit HDV on my PC, even though I cant see the actual difference, or is HDV editing on a SD monitor not possible?

      3) Either camera doesn’t have a frame mode or Cine-Gamma (Like the DVX100) feature, or does it?

      4) All in all, besides the low-lighting differences, is the FX1 (shooting in DV or downconverting) only an improvment over the VX2100? ie, will I encounter no problems with this camera that I also wouldn’t with the VX?

      5) In Premiere what project settings would I use if I were downconverting and I’d shot in 4:3? The normal DV settings or HDV 1080 25 (PAL)? (which is set to 16:9, so when I do capture HDV footage shot in 4:3, what do I do then?)

      6) Does the VX2100 shoot in true 16:9, that makes the angle wider or does it just put black bars at the top and bottom of the frame? If I were to shoot in 16:9 on the VX and watch it on a widescreen TV, would those black bars be gone as with watching widescreen stuff shot on the FX1, or are they a part of the picture?

      7) But I guess the bottom line is that I wont be editing on HDV for at least two years, and by that time I might be upgrading, so if I got this camera, it would be used exclusively for Mini-DV so the parent question which really makes all the difference concerns how much of an image quality difference there is between the FX1 shooting in SD, Mini-DV mode and the VX2100…

      8) Last question, I promise…If I wanted to ultimately have my DV transcribed to film, would I HAVE to shoot in 16:9?

      Thanks a lot in advance.

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      You want DV, get a VX. You want HDV, get an FX. VX2100 is better in SD than the FX1. I’d say you don’t need HDV.

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