Increasingly, digital media has become the friend of budget-minded government production teams. High-quality video editing solution is demanding for JVC GY-HM650, Canon XF100/105, Panasonic AJ-PX270, Sony HXR-NX3/VG1 and Blackmagic 4K cameras.
Canon XF100 and Canon XF105
The XF105 and XF100 mid-range professional models are tremendously popular. The X105 is an excellent example of the industry tooling its models for budget-conscious producers. Sharing capabilities with Canon's pricier 300 series of camcorders, the XF105 uses the company's XF codec to provide file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF file wrapper for 50 Mbps MPEG-2 recordings. Canon's XF codec is supported by the industry's most popular editing software systems, including Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley. The XF105 even provides infrared and stereoscopic 3-D production capabilities. Click here to get solution to import XF100/XF105 MXF in Final Cut Pro.
Blackmagic Design 4K digital camera
t the top of the Blackmagic lineup is the Production Camera 4K, a 4K digital cinema camera with a Super 35 sensor, EF lens mount, global shutter, 12-stops of dynamic range and ProRes and RAW recording for less than $3,000. If user want an easy and affordable editing solution, 4K raw video to Apple Pro Res conversion is still a popular choice. Capable of both cinema and live production, the Production Camera 4K puts Ultra HD production at a government-friendly price, while still supporting HD workflows for those who aren't quite ready to take the step into Ultra HD production.
The GY-HM650 is billed by JVC as a “mobile news camera” and does, in fact, have several features specifically for in-the-field news gathering. It's small, lightweight and has built in FTP and WiFi capability to quickly send recordings back to a studio. The GY-HM650 uses standard SDXC/SDHC memory cards and, at the top end, allows for HD MPEG-2 (35/25/19 Mbps) and AVCHD 1920x1080 60i recordings. The GY-HM650 also has HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, for connection to both professional video gear and consumer-grade displays. edit AVCHD 60i recordings on Mavericks 10.9.1.
AJ-PX270 is the company's first P2 HD handheld camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording useing 3G/4G/LTE wireless mobility for communications. Using the AVC-Ultra codec, the PX270 records in 100 Mbps AVC-Intra100 and 200 Mbps AVC-Intra200. The PX270's scalable, flexible AVC-Ultra codec encompasses recording 10-bit 4:2:2 HD at 25 Mbps, a dramatic achievement meaning that broadcast-quality HD can be transported over fast broadband networks at high speed.
Sony HXR-NX3/VG1 camera
Unlike the PX270, the HXR-NX3 only communicates over WiFi/near-field communication. The HXR-NX3 has a “light MP4” recording mode, producing 720p at 3 Mbps to aid in creating small file sizes for transmission. The HXR-NX3 also offers professional features for regular recording, such as a 1920x1080 HD from three Sony Exmor 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensors. The HXR-NX3 cab record in AVCHD 2.0 and DV formats. Solution to convert AVCHD 2.0 to FCP is available.