AVCHD becoming less of a bear
Last fall I blogged about the choice between a MiniDV video camera and the new tapeless models (Tape vs. hard drive vs. card, and AVCHD). The AVCHD format poses some challenges if you are trying to work with older video editing software and/or older computers. However, the prospect of going tapeless (and having faster file transfers) is very appealing.
At The Spokesman-Review newspaper, Colin Mulvaney tells us, they have bought the AVCHD Canon HF-10 (Colin: “This camera can record two channels of audio and has a headphone jack. You just don’t find that in camera under a grand”) and are ready to train a group of journalists armed with 15-inch MacBook Pros and Final Cut Express. Go to the fifth comment on the post, where Colin talks about the AVCHD issue.
Things are looking up! AVCHD is still a grumpy bear if you have older post-production gear, but if you’re buying new, you might be able to go tapeless.