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I thought I would never type this. I’ve never used Sony Vegas and I started with Pinnacle Studio v8-v15. I was a huge fan of the product and it’s ease of use, transitions and add-ons. Nonetheless, all the patches and bugs are true. I really was hopeing one day they got it right and even added more video tracks. I finally moved up the Avid Studio, the bigger brother. This program seems to have a lot more capability, however, it was not the “easiest” learning curve from Pinnacle. I still haven’t figured out how to do some of the things I’m able to do with Pinnacle in these product. Most of the time, I’ll take one of my old projects and import into Avid just to see how it handled certain functions or what video track it ended up on.
So I hate to say, it sounds like Sony may have the superior product.
I just recently traveled to Florida with the same camera. I have the backpack style carrying case and I simply took mine on the plane as my carry-on bag.
Not sure that I would suggest checking that equipment unless you want to give someone a very nice Holiday present or have a very good damage warranty from the store.August 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM in reply to: Pinnacle assets (tansition/Effects) in premiere pro!!!!!! #189368
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And this guy covers all you need to know about the Canon XHA1 Camera. Good tips for any camera users and what the functions are for.
This guy from B&H Photo has done an excellent job explain the features of the Sony Z5U. The big brother of the Sony FX1000.
Also, check out this incredible footage from the Sony FX1000. Be sure to choose HD mode.
I have the Sony FX1000 and I’m loving it so far. Search on youtube for Sony FX1000 and you will find helpful hints to help you in your selection. One being it’s use in low light situations, which are great. I just recently shot a basketball game in a gym and the footage was great. Not like my old 3CCR $800 Panasonic camera that would always go out of focus when it hits the lights and 10X zoom. However, at the time, I thought my 3CCD camera was great, other than the out of focus issues I had to deal with, the colors were fantastic.With thenew camera I don’t have those problems. I’m shoting the games at 30P and the footage looks great in HD. Now I just usemy old camera as a backup.
If you contact Pinnacle they will generate you new keys from your account.
I film youth football games and use Pinnacle v12, Sony FX1000 20X zoom HD (prosumer camera = $3200) Panasonic GS 150 12X zoom (lower end $800). Both work great.Most of what you want to do will be done in Post Production during editing. Sometimes I interview after the game, and tell them act like the game hasn’t taking place. Makes the coaches sound like they have good predictions of the games outcome. They should, the game just happened. All of what you want tocapture has to be mentally planned prior to the day of the game. What is your theme or is each game footage going tolook pretty much the same from game to game.
The day of the game, all types of things can go wrong. And as Forest Gump says, “You never know what you’re going to get.”April 23, 2009 at 1:25 PM in reply to: Need pointers for first time editing with two tapes #192365
I agree with you. I really like Pinnacle buthave had minor problems everyone complains about. The only main issue now is with the menu quality in version 12, and I too would like to have more video tracks. But I think the program is great and certainly easy to use.
I have downloaded the trail version of Sony Vegas and it shows promise. Not as intuiative of a transition as I thought it was going to be from Pinnacle. But it does give you I believe 4 video tracks. I am also taking a stab at Avid Liquid. That is an even harder transition. I assumed this program would have been Pinnacle Studio on steriods. It looks completely different from Pinnacle and even more difficult than Vegas.
And I consider myself an advanced user of Pinnacle.March 16, 2009 at 10:15 PM in reply to: Need pointers for first time editing with two tapes #192362
Good advice. I’ve done just that before. Two camera edits are still hard to sync the footage. You have to look that unique sync point mention above. I vowed to never do it again using Pinnacle unless I’m paid too. haha
Also, you can drag your video footage to the Audio track for all the audio sound. This way, you can disable the sound on the video track and overlay track. Especially if the overlay track, camera 2, has the better sound.
The video files come across as .m2v, I believe, with 2 separate audio .wav files (left and right channels) my guess. Pinnacle is able to use that format for editing.
Does that format make a big difference in the quality?February 28, 2009 at 12:16 AM in reply to: Glidecam 2000 or 4000 PRO Camcorder Stabilizing System #184160
Thanks for the advice.
Here is one better. Simul-Cam (How do they do it? How many video layers does this take?)
This is great a way to look at several guys at once. For those who dont have the NFL network, click on the link. If you who don’t think that there is a big difference between 4.4 and 4.5. The difference becomes clear. There is enough space to have a wide reciever catch the ball and score without being touched. Or this one.
If you have a great imagination, there are all types of fun you can have with this technology.
Don’t forget about Sony FX1000. But if you’re just sold on the Canon XH A1, you may want to check out these links.
This guy did a great job discussing all the features of the camera.
I also tried the two camera angle shot before. I shot a fashion show for a friend. I vowed to never do it again. haha Trying to match up the timing of the two footages was a new experience. I focused mainly on the feet walking and music matching. Once I got the footage completed, them I had to dub over the music for better quality. So the matching continued. The DVD turned out great, but it sure was time consuming…. Especially for free.
I never know how to charge for projects like these…. (by the hour orfor the completed job). I turn down a lot of requests because I tell them, “Even if I charged you $5 an hour, you wouldn’t want to pay me for the amount of time it would take.” Especially Football End of Season Highlights – 15 Game tapes of footage. No thank you unless you have a big fat wallet. And it’s not your footage or from your camera. Out goes the quality guarantee… haha