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  • Mon, Jun 23 2008 7:42 PM

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    Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    Hi everyone,

    As a lecturer considering buying new camera equipment for a media division using new Avid MCP PC systems on a Unity drive, I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience of importing video files from a compact flash card shot with a Sony Z7E. Mostly this will be SD DVCam footage but may sometimes be HDV. How straightforward is the workflow - considering this is to be learnt and carried out by undergrad students?

    How does the workflow compare to importing footage shot on a P2 card from a Panasonic HPX-500 or HVX-200?

    Many thanks and looking forward to your thoughts.

    Neil

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    And what type of files does that camera record? Is it XDCam?

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    I believe this is the card I very briefly tested a couple of months ago with MC 2.7 or 2.7, It holds standard MXF-wrapped thin-raster HDV I recall. The import was incredibly painless, almost amazingly so.

    I put the card in a reader, clicked 'File -> Import' and selected the files, it fast imported them and was all done. Really really really easy.

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  • Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:26 AM In reply to

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    BLKDOG:

    And what type of files does that camera record? Is it XDCam?

     

    Sorry not to be more specific. It does both HDV and DVCAM or DV. We will mostly be using the DVCAM option with some HDV. Here is the info from the camera's website:

    Recording media

    CompactFlash card (2GB or bigger, 133x or faster) (not supplied)

    File system

    FAT32

    File format (HDV)

    .M2T

    File format (DVCAM/DV)

    .AVI (DV-AVI, type 1) or .DV (Raw-DV)

     

    This was taken from here:

    http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/view/ShowProduct.action?product=HVR-Z7E&site=biz_en_GB&pageType=TechnicalSpecs&imageType=Main&category=HDVCamcorders 

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    The .m2t files worked very well in my test. I haven't tried the .dv files, but they also might work with similar ease.

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  • Tue, Jun 24 2008 11:06 AM In reply to

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    Thanks Sycophant that's very good to know.

    If anyone has tried the .DV files into MCP on a PC I'd love to hear the results. We are going to borrow a card this afternoon and try importing into our current Avid Express set-up (if that works I think we can assume it will also work in MCP3 when we get the new systems?)

    Neil.

     

  • Tue, Jun 24 2008 4:36 PM In reply to

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    Further to the test we just did, the .m2t HDV files from the Z7E imported extremely rapidly into Avid Express Pro, as reported by Sycophant earlier on - in fact so fast there hardly seemed to be any kind of conversion process. DVCam footage saved as .DV files also imported easily, but took longer - a 5 minute clip imported roughly in real time, ie took about 5 minutes. All files were imported directly into an Avid bin from the flash card. The process could not be simpler. Now let's hope it works as well on MCP 3 when we go over to that in the summer!

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    If it works in Xpress Pro it will work just fine in Media Composer... So things look good then I guess.

    You could look at shooting HD and editing in Standard Def also, if you like.

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  • Wed, Jun 25 2008 9:12 AM In reply to

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    Re: Ease of importing files from Z7E flash card

    Sycophant:

    You could look at shooting HD and editing in Standard Def also, if you like.

     

    The camera has a nifty facility where you can shoot simultaneuosly onto tape as HDV and onto the card as DVCam, with the same time code. So there's also the option of an offline cut on SD followed by an autoconform to online from the HDV tapes later.

    Thanks for all your help and advice!

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