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Kristian Stevenson:
I just thought of another way to transfer the video. We could connect the camera to the iMac via firewire and use final cut to do the recording. hat would eliminate the need for transferring video. Just one question though: If we were to send the audio into the camera, would the camera send the audio over the firewire connection? Or would I have to run an audio send straight to the iMac? And if we were to do that, would there be any lag in the video?

thanks

George Linkenhoker:
Hi Kristian,

That is one of the proposals I came up with for our church as they are considering live streaming and podcasting among the many things they want to do. Cameras are admittedly one of my weaker points, I just thought it interesting when I saw your post that I had just put together my own similar proposal. I am fortunate enough to work for an audio/video company for my job, and in talking with our camera guy, I was told the camera would be able to output from any or all ways at once. So, you can do firewire to the Mac, composite with stereo out to a dvd recorder, record to mini-dv, and do an RGB component out (which in our case would go to the switcher for live shots).

So, I guess to answer your question, if you run audio into the camera that would allow it to then transfer audio and video via firewire into the Mac. If done separately, I would fear that the audio would have a sync issue you would have to edit and correct.

-George L.

Kristian Stevenson:
Ohok that's what I thought. I think that is probably how we will do it if that is the route we decide to take.

Ryan Fluharty:
Kristian Stevenson wrote on Fri, 19 February 2010 10:14
I just thought of another way to transfer the video. We could connect the camera to the iMac via firewire and use final cut to do the recording. hat would eliminate the need for transferring video. Just one question though: If we were to send the audio into the camera, would the camera send the audio over the firewire connection? Or would I have to run an audio send straight to the iMac? And if we were to do that, would there be any lag in the video?

thanks



I'd be a little weary of doing this.  If something happened to the computer or the fire wire cable got bumped you could loose everything during the service.  I'm not sure about the lag, but this may be a possibility.

I have had some experience with the Canon XH-A1.  Its a great camera, but is a bit lackluster in low lighting conditions.  I've found that Canons tend to have a problem with firewire ports.  Both Canons I have used (the A1 and a consumer model) have had their firewire ports fail.  The A1 firewire failed within a year.  The only way to capture footage from the camera was through an analog - digital Canopus box, rendering the HD capabilities useless.

This camera is a bit above your budget, but I have talked to the Sony reps about it: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/671535-REG/Sony_HDRAX2 000_H_HDR_AX2000_AVCHD_Camcorder.html#specifications.  It looks promising and uses Memory Stick Media, so you should be able to just drag the footage into your editing software.

On a side note, this camera doesn't have firewire.  Firewire, in my opinion, is a dying interface.  It is becoming less common on portable hard drives and memory stick type media is becoming standard in regards to cameras.  Most computers now have memory stick readers in them.

If you do go with an iMac, the new ones only have firewire 800 on them.  You will need a firewire 4 pin - firewire 800 cable to capture your footage.

Above all, make sure that you consider future needs.  Tape is on its way out and you don't want to have to buy another camera before you get a good life out of the one you're purchasing now.  Going with solid state memory should help in your editing workflow since you won't have to capture the footage.

Robert Sims:
Our church just recently had both our Canons stolen, so we upgraded to HD and bought a JVC GY-HD250U and the JVC GY-HM100U prosumer version. Both allow us to record to the flash and to the same format that we edit in Final Cut. To save transfer time from flash, we will also feed both units via firewire into a Mac for video capture.  For the most part, this method works but sometimes we have issues and go to the backup. Both units have SMPTE as well and this is for a weekend a portable setup.

The larger unit has XLR's and we also have a digital recorder just for backup on the audio side.

Personally, from a live perspective the prosumer unit has a great picture.

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