Which HD Camcorder works with FCP?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TheEddiePShow, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. TheEddiePShow macrumors newbie

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    Hey I'm a film major and would like to buy an HD camcorder to film better quality videos than my JVC I have. I'm trying to spend like $1,100 or maybe a little bit more. But basically I'm looking for an HD camcorder that will work with Final Cut. My JVC only works with Imovie but since I work with Final Cut at school I'd like a camera that works with Final Cut and not have to convert every file. Thank you for any help you can give me. I appreciate it.
     
  2. bluap84 macrumors 6502

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    Not Sure if this helps:

    Supported Formats and I/O*
    Apple ProRes family, a 10-bit, full-width VBR codec that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates at target bit rates from 10 Mbps to 754 Mbps
    DVCPRO HD (P2), XDCAM EX, AVC-Intra, AVCHD, RED (with additional software from RED) import through Log and Transfer with automatic logging, custom naming, browse, mark, and background ingest
    Easy Export supports presets for background export to Apple TV, MobileMe, iPhone, iPod, YouTube, DVD, Blu-ray disc
    Apple-designed menus for DVD and animated menus for Blu-ray discs
    Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
    Native editing for DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
    Native editing for HDV including 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p 24/25/30/50/60
    Native AVC-Intra playback for both AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60
    Sony XDCAM HD at 25-Mbps CBR, 18- and 35-Mbps VBR at 1080i 50/60 and 1080p 24/25/30/VFR with free Sony software
    Sony XDCAM HD422 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p 24/25/30/50/60 with free Sony software
    Sony NXCAM SD (PAL and NTSC) is supported using Apple ProRes 422
    Sony XDCAM EX 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60 with free Sony plug-in
    JVC created, Apple QuickTime-wrapped XDCAM EX media imported with drag and drop to a Final Cut Pro bin
    AVCHD and AVCCAM editing is supported using Apple ProRes
    Sony IMX playback support at 30, 40, and 50 Mbps for SD
    Sony IMX ingest and output supported with free Sony software
    Panasonic P2 playback support at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, and 720p 24/24N/25/25N/30/50/60/VFR from P2 cards
    1080pA 24 (Advanced Pulldown) supported via FireWire from Panasonic AJ-HD1200A and AJ-HD1400
    Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit HD (4:2:2 YUV) via Apple-certified third-party PCI card/device
    Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD (4:2:2 YUV) via FireWire or Apple-certified third-party PCI card/device
    Apple Intermediate Codec
    OffineRT Photo-JPEG codec
    Telecine 29.97i to 24p pulldown removal
    25 fps @24 fps conversion for editing film in PAL
    Frame-accurate log and captures
    Frame-accurate insert and assemble edit-to-tape
    Serial device control (RS-422, RS-232)
    FireWire device control
    Log and capture tool with support for batch, clip, and on-the-fly capturing
    Still images: PSD, BMP, JPEG, PICT, PNG, SGI, Targa, TIFF
    Automatic Transfer ingests file-based media with custom clip naming
    Closed captioning preserved for capture and output to tape

    >>>

    But surely FCP would be able to convert the output into a workable format?
     
  3. zblaxberg Guest

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    Your JVC probably does work with Final Cut Pro, you just might not have the means to capture the footage properly. I personally bought a canon t2i and use that for HD video. The greatest advantage is the portability and the interchangeable lenses so I can get exactly the focal length I'm looking for. Not to mention the quality looks better because of the depth of field.
     
  4. TheEddiePShow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much guys for your quick responses. I love this forum and will definitely be more active.
     
  5. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    What JVC do you have that won't work in FCP?

    T2i video pretty much requires you transcode it before you use it in FCP. But hey, there's a new FCP on the horizon, so who knows where that'll leave things.
     
  6. TheEddiePShow thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. TheEddiePShow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But do I have to convert each file seperately? Because that's a pain in the balls which is what I'm trying to avoid. I do videos on youtube and some required shots that are sometimes half a sentence each so I end up with a lot of shots which would be a **** load of converting if it's one file each.

    Which is why I'm looking for other camcorders to use.
     
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  11. Chris at JVC macrumors newbie

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    You JVC camcorder is standard definition. All JVC high definition cams record in the AVCHD format which works great with an recent Mac with Final Cut pro as long as you have an Intel processor.

    While you are at it, check out our new JVC HD cams with 40X Optical Zoom and Back Illuminated CMOS sensor for excellent low light response.

    Chris
     

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