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Panasonic HC-X900M HD Camcorder

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JoeV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 17, 2013 4:36 PM

I am looking to purchase a new camcorder and have decided on the Panasonic HC-X900M. In the final cut pro x documentation it says the camera is compatible. But it seems like all of the file types it records in are not compatible with final cut pro x but have to be converted - something I have no interest in.

Does anyone currently use the Panasonic Camera or the Canon HF ÚG10 will work natively with final cut pro x. So I can just go the the import window and import footage right from the camera?

Thank you.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 5:24 PM (in response to JoeV)

    The Panasonic is an AVCHD camera. The media does not need to be converted. It's rewrapped to QuickTime. The audio is converted. You're better offf working with optimized media if you're doing effects and corrections, but you don't have to.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:25 PM (in response to JoeV)

    Optimizing is a background process. You can start editing immediately while the files are being copied off the camera. I don't have either camera and am not a shooter.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,880 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 9:26 PM (in response to JoeV)

    Which brand you choose is down to the colour and do you like how the controls work. Actually do a hands on test drive of your short list of cams. Most of the flagship models are excellent as the competion is tight.

     

    I use a Panasonic 750 (similar model but older than 900) and it's a sweet piece of gear, actually amazing considering the size and picture quality.

    The top end models have features that require reading and understanding the manual.

    This will make your shooting improve well above the "point and shoot" style. I must say that the point and shoot method using this camera is light years ahead of stuff in use just a few years back, it's nearly goof proof.

     

    The only criticism I have, and it's personal, is the camera is a bit small for my hand.

    I use an add on attachment that holds an external shotgun mike and the camera that makes it a much better option for me.

    This gadget can be mounted on a tripod as well. My issue solved.

     

    Al

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 5:04 AM (in response to JoeV)

    Well, I own several Panasonic camcorders, though not this model, and can assure you it will work great with fcpx, with some caveats: I have no idea how fcpx would handle iFrame or 3D Sbs.Here is what it shoots in:

    1080/60p (28 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)

    HA (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)

    HG (13 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)

    HX (9 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)

    HE (5 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)

    iFrame (28 Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/30p)

    AVCHD 3D (28 Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080/60i)

    3D SbS (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)

    I always take the time to optimize on import, to Prores. I am a simple home user and have found that Panasonic and fcpx work together really well. My problem was that without optimization, shooting in 60P on a relatively slow iMac became frustrating when it came to editing. My four year old iMac with two cores just couldn't handle avchd well, but it only takes a little while to import as optimized media, or work with avchd while it is creating the Prores.

    Hugh

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