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Your HF11 is AVCHD format and the Canon XH A1 is HDV MPEG2. AVCHD takes a lot more computer horespower to edit compared to HDV MPEG2... main reason being that AVCHD is more highly compressed giving small file sizes. This is also why you get the low resource and memory alarms while editing.
To shoot HD you do not need HD miniDV tapes you can use the standard miniDV tapes. However the HD tapes are supposed to give fewer drop-outs than the standard tapes but are considerable more expensive. With DV-AVI a drop out would be hardly noticed, but as HDV MPEG2 is a compressed format and the picture relies on information in a number of frames any drop-outs can give a second or so of bad video. That said I have had very few issues with drop-outs. If you are doing a wedding or something important that you do not want to risk then probably better to use a HD miniDV tape.
In the past the advise has been to capture in high definition to get the best quality and then downconvert in the camcorder and capture in DV-AVI... the reason being that older versions of Premiere Elements did not do a good job of the down conversion. Reports on PE7 indicate it is better and that you could use a HDV workflow and burn to DVD as a last stage. This also allows you to export a high definition version of your video to view on a monitor where you can appreciate the higher resolution. Or in the future when you have a Blu-ray burner and player you can burn the file to disc... save doing all the editing all over.
Thanks Paul. You really helped me on this.
I am about to buy the Canon XH-A1. I have searched this forum and read posts dating back to april. I want to be able to shoot in SD and especially HD and edit in PE7. I do not see this camera listed in the camera options under capture. So, a couple of quick questions if you don't mind:
- Any problems or challenges that I need to know re this cam and PE7?
- If its not listed, how do I capture?
- Is there another HDV Cam you would recommend? I am looking for:
--- Ability to shoot standard def and HD
--- XLR audio connections
As always, I appreciate your help!
No need to post the same question more than once, rtp. We'll answer in your original thread.
Sorry Steve. I'm learning.
I have the Canon XH-A1s and it records in SD or HD. You use the IEEE-1394 cable to capture your video in Pre7. The Pre7 recognized my camera as some other device but it worked fine regardless. Not sure why it didn't just come up as a XH-A1S. My only other experience in editing video with Pre7 is with AVCHD, which is resource demanding task on my computer system. But the Canon XH-A1s is a breeze to edit (capture).
Thanks much for your encouraging response. I am definitely going to buy this camera. If you don't mind, I will stay in touch with you.
PS: Where r u located?
I'm in Sacramento, CA. I'm new to video so I'll help as I can. The XHA1 and A1S are awesome cameras. You can get a hardly used XHA1 on eBay for decent prices, sometimes with a few accessories too. I took the plunge and bought the A1S new through one of Amazon.com's resellers.
This morning I bought a refurbished Canon XH-A1 from B&H NYC for $2,700. Would you care to give me your email address so we can share war stories in the future.
Thanks again for your input. my email is email@example.com
Sounds like a good buy. B&H gets very high marks on customer service. Good luck.
Also a note: when putting your e-mail address in a forum, you might want to do something like this - info AT huntphoto.com. Most people know to remove an spaces, and substitute the "AT" for the "@," but you can even tell them to do so, just in case. The reason for this is that there are many 'bots, that crawl all over the Internet and do nothing but collect e-mail addresses that are sold to spammers. They look for the common character strings with @'s and .com's and .net's. To give a user something that can easily be seen as an e-mail address to a human, but doesn't look like one to a 'bot, is good policy. Something to think about.
Good shooting, and keep the reports coming from the field.
Glad to hear you've found a great solution, Stan.
But just a warning about posting your e-mail address on this or any forum.
There are webbots that scour forums for e-mail addresses for the express purpose of spamming them.
You'll be better off posting your e-mail address as staylor at raskintaylor.com.
This gets your message across but it fools those nasty webbots.
Guess that I hit that Post Reply button a fraction of a second sooner. Wow, that second cup of coffee helped!
BTW good advice Steve.
Thanks Fellas. Advice will be taken.
The Adobe fora are great and usually a pretty safe place to discuss things Adobe. However, they are not closed completely, and sometimes you just need someone to "watch your back." I think that all here are good at doing just that.