In the previous article, I reviewed the new Zoom Q4 camcorder. Since the time that was written, I have installed Adobe Premiere CS5 editing software and discovered, to my dismay, that it would not function with the new codec that is used by the Zoom. However, I came up with a working solution.
The Q4 is small and lightweight. It will fit within the palm of your hand (or in your shirt pocket). List price is $374, but most dealers offer it for the MAP of only $299.
A couple of the features that caught everyone’s eye was the more traditional ergonomics of the unit, along with the ability to record 1080/30HD video MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)) along with professional grade audio up to 24bit/96k!
Our friends at Sound Devices have produced a very informative,short, 5 minute video in which they introduce and explain the basics of timecode for double system film & video production. The video can be found on their website at:
I recently acquired one of the new TASCAM DR-60d portable digital recorders for DSLR and video production. Lately, Teac TASCAM (now owned by Gibson guitars) has been slow in coming out with fresh products that are new solutions to old problems (their 8+2 multi-track field recorder was their last major innovation) -- but I believe that they hit the nail on the head with this new recorder.