Please help! I'm desperately trying to find a HD camcorder that films in widescreen (16:9 im guessing) has a mic and headphone jack and is most most most importantly able to be easily uploaded into fcp without having to download software to convert footage files or use a card reader.
Ideally I want to use a fire wire becaue I heard somewhere that using a usb connection such as a card reader will reduce quality, don't know if this is true though.
If there is not a camera out there that does this then card reader it will have to be. I can't seem to find any new hd camcorders that have a dv input so that it can be connected to my imac with my 4-pin to 6-pin firewire.
So far I have found that the cannon hf s10, it looks good but I still have to use a card reader to upload the files and it requires a class 4 card for HD recording. The recording modes say this but I have no idea what it all means when it comes to fcp:
5 recording quality modes.¹
MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;²
FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;²
XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps
I had also seen the panasonic TM30 and HDC HS900 but it records in 1080 / 50p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format) / HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant), I'm not 100 per cent on this but I think recording into MPEG4 means it has to be converted for FPC.
Suprisingly a lot of the Sony HD cameras don't have a mic jack?!
Is there any camera out that anyone,somewhere someone knows it will allow me to record in HD on the internal memory and upload straight into final cut pro, once logged and transfered ready to edit?!?!
Also another worry I have is the log and transfer time, I need to produce a fast turn around of video content on a daily basis and simply cannot afford to waste time waiting half an hour to upload a clip for a 2 min video, rendering is alreay a pain.
My budget is under £800
Please please please help I'm going mad trying to get one!!!