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  • Fri, May 14 2010 5:14 PM

    NX5 --> AVCHD --> (DNxHD?) --> Avid

    Hello, couple questions.

    I'm about to pick up a Sony NX5, and realized that it shoots AVCHD. To which, from what I gather on these forums, is NOT acceptable by Avid, and would have to transcode first into DNxHD using something like Squeeze.

    If I Squeeze it into DNxHD, will I lose any quality on that transfer? Or if I bring it in through Vegas, and then export it, as... DNxHD there? Will it lose quality?

    I'm Concerned that I'm spending a bucket load (Just one guy who likes filming stuff) on a camcorder, when I find out I can't even edit it on Avid.

    I hear Media Composer 5 will take in AVCHD natively? When does MC5 come out?

    As an AVID user, is there a camcorder that I should be purchasing for the same price as the NX5 that is just, more Avid friendly?

    Thanks... appreciate any help.

  • Fri, May 14 2010 5:17 PM In reply to

    • Sasquatch
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    Re: NX5 --> AVCHD --> (DNxHD?) --> Avid

    very soon....

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  • Sat, May 15 2010 5:09 AM In reply to

    • jwrl
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    Re: NX5 --> AVCHD --> (DNxHD?) --> Avid

    Allan Hughes:
    If I Squeeze it into DNxHD, will I lose any quality on that transfer? Or if I bring it in through Vegas, and then export it, as... DNxHD there? Will it lose quality?
    You can use Squeeze to convert to QT DNxHD, and it will fast import into Avid.  I also know that people using NewBlue's AVCHD Upshift to convert.  This is apparently a very fast good quality process, and the software costs around $80 US.
    Allan Hughes:
    I hear Media Composer 5 will take in AVCHD natively? When does MC5 come out?
    If there's a Quicktime codec for it, it apparently will handle almost anything through AMA.  June 10 is the release date, as announced here (at the head of this forum, actually).

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  • Sat, May 15 2010 4:23 PM In reply to

    • sasha1
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    Re: NX5 --> AVCHD --> (DNxHD?) --> Avid

    <<As an AVID user, is there a camcorder that I should be purchasing for the same price as the NX5 that is just, more Avid friendly?>>

    I got the Z5 recently, which is exactly the same camera except that it records HDV, which works very smoothly in Avid. With a 64GB CF card you can record 5hrs 40mins. I'm at MC 3.5 and HDV is easy to import (directly, no conversion necessary) and edit (full-frame playback if you want). at this moment HDV is far more robust and useful than AVCHD. that will change but who knows what Sony will come up with next to replace the NX5. with the Z5 you also have the option to record in SD (DV or DVCAM), or both HDV and SD simultaneously (one to tape the other to card), for example using the SD to go right to DVD and be able to edit later in HD.

                    - sasha

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