Does PE 10 support the MXF file format used with the Canon XF 100?
As of PrE 10, there is no native support for MXF files, but Premiere Pro has had that for several versions now. I do not know if it will be added to PrE 11, due out in a few months (usually late Sept thru late Nov).
I currently use the Canon XH-A1 HDV cam with PE7, and I am looking to move to PE10 with a similar quality camera that is card/flie based (maybe AVCHD), not MiniDV tape. Do you have any suggestions for that type of camera? My Canon has nice features, like aperture, zoom and focus rings, 2 XLR audio inputs, shutter speed controls, custom WB, etc.
I am not current on the latest crop of cameras, but would think that a good Canon (or similar brand), with AVCHD would be a smooth fit. Many, who originally resisted AVCHD, are now singing its praises, claiming that it is far superior to HDV (miniDV tape, but HD). Do not know which of the newer Canons would have the features that you are looking for.
I feel certain that others will know much more about the current crop of video cameras, and can give you some useful suggestions.
Also, it might pay to hold off just a bit, to see if PrE 11 does add MXF support. Sometimes, features trickle down from PrPro to PrE (and sometimes they actually trickle up, like AVCHD support, which PrE had two versions before PrPro got it). However, Adobe targets different demographics with those two programs, so some features never get into the other program.
Good luck, and maybe Neale, John T, Steve and others, will have camera recs. for you.
If you are looking at a $3000 pro camera, you should be looking at Premiere Pro for editing, not a less than $100 consumer program
Take a look at the Canon Vixia HFS200 camera for "about" 1/3 the cost of what you linked
I have made a great living with the simple PE7 doing corporate/industrial promo and training videos for several years now. But yes you may be correct and its time to go Pro all the way. How difficult would the transition (learning curve) be to move from PE7 to Pro? Pro looks nothing like PE7, and I guess that has me a little nervous.
There will be a learning curve, but not THAT great. The first aspect would be the terminology, which differs a bit between PrE and PrPro. Next, things that are done in at least semi-automatic mode in PrE, are now done by hand, but with so very much more control. Last, you will possess powers in PrPro, that you never knew in PrE, and learning about those new features and functions will take a bit. Adobe has myriad tutorials on PrPro (especially as there were a ton of changes just with CS 6), so you have the training right at your fingertips. After you sort of "reset" your brain a bit, and then pick up on the new featues and terminology, it will be clean-sailing for you, and you will likely never look back. Yeah, you might miss a feature, or two, but that extra power is intoxicating.
Good luck, and spend a day with the linked articles and tutorials in the PrPro FAQ sub-forum. Todd Kopriva and his "gang," have created a bazillion articles and tutorials, and rather take one from first day, through seasoned pro, in their material. Even if you do no make the switch, you will learn a lot, and should get a lot of enjoyment at the same time.
Also Google for information and reviews on the Canon HFS200... if that camera will do what you want, you could get PElements 10 (or 11 if it does come out before this year's holiday buying season) and not have to learn a completely different program
But... for a business decision... going to PPro and the professional camera may be a better choice