Linda, the GY-HM100 is mad


Linda, the GY-HM100 is made by JVC, not Panasonic (their model is AG-HMC150 – and there are some differences), and it is slated for release sometime in April 2009. B&H Photo Video is pricing the JVC at $3,495, and the HMC150 at $3,599.95.

Essentially the JVC, which will have TWO hot-swapable SDHC slots, compared to the Panasonic’s one, will shoot native QuickTime for drag-and-drop editing on Macs with Final Cut Pro. In addition, the JVC will record 720p (19Mb/s & 35Mb/s) and 1080i (25Mb/s) in SP mode. Videography magazine says JVC claims this will “assure compatibility with today’s most popular professional NLE systems.”

But I know NOTHING about Windows Vista/Sony Vegas and/or if QT can be used on those. It seems JVC would not come out with such a camera that ONLY was compatible with Mac/FCP, so there MUST be SOME solution. You can check out the specs further at

I’ve not found confirmation for/against the JVC having XLR, but I really doubt it does.

The Panasonic camera records MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile Compression and records in 1080/60i, 30p, 24p, 720/60p, 30p, 24p. It carries a 3-year waranty upon registration. In its highest quality mode, Panasonic claims an average 21 Mbps/24 Mbps max.

Panasonic says it’s camera can be easily edited on Apple iMovie, Final Cut Express 4, Final Cut Pro 6.0.1 or higher, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Edius PRO v4.5, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 or 12, PS Ultimate 12, Nero 8 Ultra Edition, Ulead Video Studio 11 or 11.5 Plus, and DVD Movie Factory 6, and that a free AVCHD to DVCPRO HD transcoder is available for download from

Sadly, nowhere does it specifically mention Windows, Vista or Sony Vegas. Check JVC’s and Panasonic’s respective web sites to see if there is more up-do-date and detailed information regarding your platform, OS & editing software.

Also, it does not appear that the HMC150 has XLR audio either.

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