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Video resources: software, firmware updates

Zoom H4n system version 1.70

– recording level of INPUT1 and 2 can be set individually

VLC media player

– excellent free multimedia player capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac …) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

MPEG Streamclip

– a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. MPEG Streamclip can also download videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.

Calibrated{Q} XD Decode

– View and Use XDCAM HD/EX and HDV QuickTime Movies. Calibrated{Q} XD Decode is a multi-threaded QuickTime Codec (Decode Only) that enables you to view and use Apple XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, and HDV QuickTime Movies(.MOV Files Only) in QuickTime Player and other 3rd party applications that support QuickTime.

(About $80 – Calibrated{Q} XD Decode will have the Calibrated{Q} XD Decode Logo as a watermark over the video when running in DEMO MODE. This is the ONLY DEMO LIMITATION – everything else is fully functional.)

Sony XDCAM EX firmware update | March 2010

– Firmware allows you to use new recording media: 32GB SxS-1 MEAD-MS01 & MEAD-SD01 adaptors to make use of readily available consumer Memory Stick & SD Card media respectively.

Sony XDCAM EX Clip Browser | March 2010

– Note: this link will take you to the Sony website. You will need to register there before downloading. Click the link on the Sony site to XDCAM EX Clip Browser, and you’ll be taken to registration

The XDCAM EX Clip Browsing Software allows you to work with clips created with XDCAM EX devices. After installing this application on your computer, you can use its intuitive graphical user interface to organise your clips by copying, moving and deleting them. You can also perform format conversions, preview the clips and view or add additional metadata.

You’ll also need the Sony SxS driver if you are importing to your Mac / PC / drive from Sony SxS cards.

In order to import and transcode XDCAM EX files,  Final Cut Pro editors also need the Final Cut Pro/XDCAM Transfer tool – you’ll find it also on the Sony XDCAM site.

JVC GY-HM100 | August 2009

– Firmware enables recording to SDHC Class 10 media, and includes minor bug fixes.

Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

– Allows EOS 550d (and others) files to be imported into FCP via Log and Transfer, transcodes them to ProRes.

UK EOS 550d users need to amend the code – easy, thanks to

For FCP Log and Transfer, the eos movs must be in the canon folder inside the DCIM folder – and preferences set to the flavour of ProRes you prefer.

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