Actually, it's OK providing you don't back up to tape but back up to DVD saving the files as data. If you think about it you can get 4GB of data on one DVD, so you could make mulitple copies quickly and cheaply.I think the cards is a cool thing but the cost is great for backups. I'd rather use tape or an attached harddrive. The cost would be less and there would be physical backup of the media.
I agree; it's pretty much my favorite video format and given the choice would be top of the list for my next feature, regardless of budget.The footage form the camera is very nice. I really like the DVCpro50! Looks GREAT.
I'm planning on buying an HVX200 myself for my next project. The camera actually does shoot in 1080p and 1080i. The variable frame rates can only be shot in the 720 modes though.clive said:What I know is that it shoots a variety of formats DVCProHD (which is 720i as opposed to 1080), it also offers DVCPro50 and DVCPro25 and regular DV. It can offer all of these because it stores onto cards instead of tape, which also means faster digitisation.
The last thing this industry needs is another tape format. But I know what you're saying, if they'd not tried to compress HD onto a minidv tape and gone with say digibeta instead then the mosquito noise wouldn't be such and issue.Why the hell didn't they just invent a new tape format?