without any sort of redundancy.
That's scary. I've used OnLocatin to record 60+ continuous minutes without a hitch (concert), but it also went to tape. I VERY strongly suggest having redundancy of some kind.
I'm with Jim - you should have some sort of back up. You never know what may happen...
That being said, I just did 2 days of shooting presentations for a client, some of which were up to 2 1/2 hours long with no breaks. OL worked great. I've used it before for shoots like this, and it's never let me down. It has crashed, but that was before the last updates. Since then, it's been pretty solid.
So are you saying you CAN stream 24pn footage into onlocation cs4 after all? Coulpd you explain the process if this is true?
No, you can't stream 720/24pN INTO OnLo, simply because the HVX200 (and similar cameras) is not capable of streaming 720/24pN OUT. That said, you can stream 720/24p (notice, there is no N) out of the HVX and OnLo will strip the padded/flagged frames to create a 24p AVI file. The non-native mode of 24p is sometimes referred to as "24p over 60" because the stream actually contains 60 frames per second. However, you're scanning 24 frames per second, so that frame duration has to be rectified. What the camera does is duplicate the first scanned frame once, and then duplicates the second scanned frame twice; it's a form of 2:3 pulldown. So, for every 2 frames originally scanned, 5 frames are recorded. Repeat this for a second, and you get 24 frames over 60, ie. 24 scanned frames / 2 = 12 * 5 = 60 recorded frames. Those extras/duplicates are flagged such that certain recording software/hardware knows where they are, and can strip them out as they are streamed in. OnLocation can do this. This is what I was referring to.
So do you get the smaller file size (roughly half) recorded in to Onloc like you would with the N mode or is the file twice as big as it would be if you were recording to p2 card?
How does onloc do with over/undercranking in non N modes? It would be ideal to not use the Native mode but still ge the "instant" playpack of slow motion without running it through a converter. Do you now how this works?
Lastly, with a fast enough laptop can you record all of this striaight to a external usb drive?