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Why not look at the HV30 from Canon. That gives you the possibility of choosing HDV or SD, records to cheap tape and gives you easy archival possibilities and puts far less burden on your editing machine?
I agree with Harm. I have an HV30 and it is great. Remember that if you choose to use HD you will require a great deal of hard drive space. It is good to still have the Mini-DV tape back-up also, I believe.
Neither HDV nor AVCHD take up any more disk space than DV.
Ok thanks for all your comments. I see HV30 does indeed shoot SD or HD. I have a question specifically about Premier Pro 4.
Even if I shoot in HD and upload to Premier Pro 4, I presume I can do a "save as" to a less hardware demanding format (SD) and work with that for my web applications. That way if I need the shoot in HD later, I have it
Thanks for your help
I have a HV-20 (along with an XH-A1), and my practice was always to record HDV. All Canon HDV camcorders have a menu option in playback mode to downconvert to SD over firewire; with this option enabled, your computer will see it as a standard DV camcorder.
This is what I'd recommend. You'll have all the assets available in HD if you ever decide to reauthor it.
I've recently upgraded my edit workstation, so now edit natively in HD. I've found that Premiere/Encore CS4 suck at downconverting HDV to SD. At default settings, the quality is horrible; enabling "Maximum Render Quality" results in insane rendering times (1hr of HDV takes 23hrs on my Core i7 920 quad-core?!?). I've never noticed a quality hit letting the camera do the down-rezzing, and it's in real-time.
I've had some of my best results shooting in HDV, editing in an HDV project, and delivering the end results in one of the "standard HD resolution" Flash presets.
I think I did the following with CS2 (was the version before CS3 still called CS? geez I forgot...)
Thanks. My research has revealed that the latest HD Camcorders from Canon come with Pixela Imagemixer 3 software which will allow me to upload to my PC(stuck with Windows) via USB in SD (720 x 480) and then edit in SD with Premier Pro. Can you or anyone else verify this. I doubt for web use I will need better resolution and theoretically an SD file will put significantly less strain on my hardware
VERY nice. What camera did you use?
I think that has footage from a Sony FX1 and HC1.