I have an Canon HV20 HDV video tape-based camera. It interfaces with the computer through firewire. I like being able to shoot live into the computer via firewire. I can control record and stop on the camera via my keyboard, and then review the clip on the computer without ever having to touch the camera. I do a lot of takes and I like being able to quickly review a clip with the keyboard instead of messing with the tiny controls on the camera, and if it's not right, I just delete it and shoot again until I get the right shot. Does anyone know if the newer file-based cams would allow me to shoot live into the computer as well? If so, how would the camera interface with the computer?
Thanks a lot.
That depends on the camera! Most P2 cameras will, as DVCProHD, but not AVCIntra. You can hook Sony EX1 and EX3 or JVC HM700 via FireWire as HDV (but not XDCAM EX). Most other file based cameras don't have FireWire out. It's all USB, and you can't stream from USB. Some camera's might have HDMI or SDI, in which case, you would need some sort of capture device connected to your computer.