I'm preparing to buy a new video editing system to run CS6 (moving away from Avid). My intent is to also purchase a field recorder to record 422 HD off my XL-H1. What's going to be the best bet? I was looking at the SideKick HD since is uses SSDs, but it, like most, comes native with ProRes422. I don't want to worry about whatever I may lose by using the 32-bit bridge for Quicktime. I'm fine purchasing the Avid DNxHD upgrade, but it sounds like that still uses Quicktime and has some issues of it's own.
So, what is going to be the best field recorder to use for Premiere Pro CS6? And it would be great if it has an onboard monitor.
Is that 4:2:2 ?
Otherwise..an Atomos Samurai might suit the O.P
FWIW: http://www.atomos.com/press/articles/customer003-shooterfilm.xml ...about me and my Samurai
You said "best," right? Then, stay away from AVCHD, and go with a 10-bit intraframe codec (ProRes, DNxHD or AVC-Intra 100).
AVCHD makes tiny files (it's greatest strength, perhaps), but at the cost of slowing your edit due to CPU overhead; and it's 8-bit 4:2:0, which is nasty on certain kinds of footage, difficult to make drastic corrections to color, and probably the worst choice for chroma keying.
Since you mentioned 32-bit bridge, I assume you're on Windows? You'll need the ProRes Windows decoder (free from Apple).
I'm on Mac, and DNxHD Quicktimes don't work as well as ProRes Quicktimes.
You're wise to do your homework before you buy something.
Yeah, I'm amazed how many people can't read. Thanks for response, Jim. What I read about AVCHD kind of scares me off that too, though. Anyone familiar with the Convergent nanoFlash? While it doesn't have a monitor, it does 422 with Sony's XDCAM.
I guess maybe another question ahould be, "Is it a good idea to have 95% of my footage as Prores in Premiere on a PC?"
We really could use a cross-platform 10-bit 422 and/or 444(4) intraframe open source codec.
Cineform? Maybe some day.
NanoFlash: XDCam HD 422 is MPEG. If you want the best, as you wrote, you should rule out any codec out that's MPEG/Long-GOP and/or 8-bit, IMO.