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    Hvx200 a dead camcorder?
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    In today's market of 4K 2k and even 1080p, is there still a place for the hvx200? I ask cause I have an hvx200 and don't know what to do with it. I can't seem to sell it, and I am unaware of any hacks that might make this camcorder a relevant camera in today's market. I mostly do corporate videos and testimonials, but minimum delivery of 1080p is expected and hvx only shoots up to 1080i but best used in 720p which no one wants anymore.


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    every camera has a place. keep in mind that by that I mean aesthetically. It won't be relevant to most clients, but you can still find use for it. Good cameras are getting so cheap, that its silly to sell that camera, just get another one that is more relevant because good newer cameras are well within the range of affordability. You can always up-rez the 720P as we used to do back in the day, but always better to down-rez as I am sure you know. keep it, but move on IMHO.
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    I agree with Allen.. every camera does in fact have a place. I owned an HVX200 in 2007-2008.. it's a great camera and honestly I believe its absolutely relevant depending on how you are using it and what you want to do with it. You are silly to get rid of it.. don't jump on the 4k bandwagon just yet.. resolution is not going to save you in this industry.. I own and work with the Varicam 27, it's a tad older than the HVX200, yes its a much better camera IMHO than the HVX but I am doing just fine with it. Don't get sucked into the marketing BS of todays modern technology, work with what you have.
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    Hey buddy,
    it has been awhile but the HVX200 is still a viable capture system. And just to be correct it does shoot 1080P. Numerous threads by Barry Green have explained this waaaaaay better than I ever could. And you do see a difference when switching between 720P and 1080P. So if all you need is 1080P then go for it and keep on using it. Best part about keeping the HVX200 is a lot of the accessories as in, P2 cards and such are really cheap now. And don't forget it still shoots DVCPRO HD at 100mbps. Actually there are lots of reasons to keep using the HVX like CCDs no jello cam effect, true progressive chips, multiple frame rates that look really good, great audio, 4:2:2 colour space, and the post workflow is even easier then it use to be. FCP X works with mxf files now no problem. I actually repurchased an HVX a year ago and couldn't be happier.

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I guess I will take off the dust and give it another go. I've been using my gh4 for all my shoots lately.


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    I don't know the camera but have a "dated" ex1 - it gets some use - mainly as an at the back camera at music or corporate events where it is doing w locked off wide and taking a feed from the sound desk.

    i also used it for an interview when my fs7 went offline due to a battery malfunction

    also the ex1 gets grabbed if I have literally no setup time and something is occurring NOW

    keep it.


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    I recently bought an hvx 205a. We are using it to shoot a tv show featuring Memphis-area musicians and artists. It is showing on a local ABC station, which broadcasts in 720. The camera works great for us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Southtexasfilmmaker View Post
    1080p is expected and hvx only shoots up to 1080i but best used in 720p which no one wants anymore.
    The HVX200 is actually a native 1080p camera. No matter what resolution recording is being done, or whether the recording is progressive or interlaced, the image is starting out internally as a 1080p image, and then during processing gets converted to the particular format selected for recording.


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    Yeah I read that. But how do you get it to output 1080p to p2 card?


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    Plenty of local broadcast news and CSPAN shoots still use HVXs. IIHS uses a mess of cameras for all their testing, including HVXs. For simple HD delivery with decent light, they still work fine.
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