April 01, 2005

Panasonic AG-HVX200: Prepare to Drool


Unveiling at NAB 2005, the AG-HVX200 is the professional video industry's most anticipated technology breakthrough. This revolutionary, hand-held P2 camcorder provides 1080i and 720p recording with the production proven image quality of 100 Mbps DVCPRO HD. The AG-HVX200 records on a P2 card in 1080 in 60i, 30p and 24p; in720 in 60p, 30p and 24p; in 480 in 60i, 30p, and 24p either in DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO.

I just knew we'd be seeing some fancy diskless HD cameras, and here it is. This is, essentially, the motherload. 1080 at 24p. Translation: 1080 lines of resolution, recorded at 24 frames/sec (film rate), "p" for progressive frame. Progressive frame means recording the entire image in every frame like film does, instead of "i" for interlaced, which is how our lowly analog TVs work. Far out of my budget, but I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of films made with this camera. HD for Indies and Gizmodo have more.

More details on Panasonic P2 camera on this Creative Cow Forum and updated Panasonic info indicating more about the AG-HVX2000:

-3 1/3" CCD chips
-FireWire port
-1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p30, 720p60, 720p24, 720p30, 480i60, 480p24, 480p30p

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March 30, 2005

Sony HDR-FX1: Indie Filmmaker's Delight?

Sony HDR-FX1I'm seriously considering selling my trusty Sony VX2000 and upgrading to the Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition Camcorder. At $3300, it's a whole lotta camera for the price. My chief concern is how well it fakes 24P, and if I can handle editing HD on my current dual-G4 system. If anyone has any experience with this camera, please leave a comment.

HD-CHANNEL, a German web site, has posted high-def video clips from the FX-1.

Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high-definition camcorder: the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440×1080 for professional-quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants. The HDR-FX1 features the Real-Time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG-2 video compression, and a 14-bit HD DXP (digital extended processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on a three-chip advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other systems. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12× optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. Features:
  • Play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440×1080 for professional-quality video.
  • Three 1/3-inch wide-aspect-ratio advanced HAD CCD imagers for enhanced color quality.
  • Professional-level MPEG2 video compression with the real-time HD Codec Engine.
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12× optical zoom.
  • Record at either 30 frames per second or, for a film-like feel, at 24 frames per second.


How the Sony HDV cameras fake 24, 25, and 30 frames-per-second (FPS). The Cineframe shooting modes in the Sony HDV HDR-FX1 let you simulate the look-and-feel of progressive-scanned images, but the camera section itself is still running at its normal, interlaced field rate.

New York Times review of the Sony HDRFX1: “All right, go ahead, ask it: In whose twisted opinion does a US$3,300 price tag make this a consumer camcorder? Let's put it this way: the next-least-expensive three-chip, high-definition camcorder costs about US$40,000. The significance of the FX1 is that it blows open the world of high-quality, professional-looking wide-screen video to anyone with talent and a valid credit card. For independent moviemakers, wedding videographers, corporate filmmakers and video freaks of any ilk, this is a big, big deal.”

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