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"Consumer"? Did somebody say "consumer"? What is your budget?
I'd skip them all and stick with MiniDV for now. Premiere won't work well with any of those listed.
If you want to use that type of HD camera, you need to use the software that comes with it, or perhaps by Premiere Elements.
At this time, none of those are supported by Premiere Pro because there is noting professional about those formats. None of them are as good as the HDV cameras, and the lower price of thos cameras is indicative of the value. You get what you pay for.
Steven and others:
Could you please read this new tech note about AVCHD and advise what you think: kb403297 ( just posted today) link: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb403297
In particular, I would like to know if anyone has experience with the blackmagic Intensity Pro card, about which the tech note says:
Blackmagic Intensity Pro card offers real-time capture to the PC from the camera using the HDMI cable into the Intensity card. This provides Premiere Pro CS3 editable format, but the sound is stereo only.
I like the sound of this solution for AVCHD editing (it is $250 to $350).....would like to know if anyone has tried it
You should post only once, Cameron. Otherwise you'll have answers all over the place.
Frank, get a Canon HV30 or HV20.
Great picture quality, HDV format so Premiere can edit it natively.
1) Does anybody know about the picture quality I've talked about in my initial question ?
2) My budget is about 1.500 euro (is about $2.250).
3) Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought HDV is 1440x1080 ? I'd like 1920x1080.
> Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought HDV is 1440x1080 ? I'd like 1920x1080.
HDV is by definition 1440x1080. If you want 1920x1080 you need to move up to XDCAM-EX, but that does not fit your budget. The EX1 is $ 6K, so you need a budget of $ 12K for a proper equipment set.
You can get 1920 x 1080 using AVCHD cameras, but there are problems with that option. For starters, any camera in your price range will not use the full bitrate for the AVCHD format, so while there is potential for the format to look better than HDV, those lesser cameras may not actually deliver on that potential.
Secondly, AVCHD is not currently handled by Premiere on it's own. You'll need to add something like the MainConcept MPEGPro HD 3.2 plug-in, or a Cineform option, both of which will add another several hundred dollars to your cost.
Maybe you could get a Canon HV 20 to capture HDV @ 1440 x 1080 and then buy Magic Bullet Instant HD to up-rez to 1920 x 1080. You could do all that for about $1200 US