The days of tape-based video cameras and real-time digitizing are numbered. Now, it’s all about the memory card.
Despite its small size (weighing in at just over 3 lbs), this camera packs a professional punch. It shoots in HD up to 1080P and comes complete with XLR mic inputs for professional level sound.
If you’re a Final Cut user, imagine adding to that the ability to record directly to QuickTime movie format. Picture an editing workflow of drag and drop replacing the headache of log and capture. Would that sweeten the deal? Well the JVC does just that.
The camera also stores files in MP4 format for use with other non-linear editing systems.
Here’s a helpful review of the camera, complete with test footage, from London-based director and filmmaker Philip Bloom.
Video journalist Glen Canning’s review is also worth checking out.
After extensive research, I finally got mine and am excited to put it to use. At nearly $2,800, it’s a bit of an investment (both for newsrooms and individuals), but the ease of post-production should help make it worth it.
Check back soon for the results of my test runs…