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July 14, 2004
Prosumer Camcorder Will Help Lead Content Revolution
Canon has just announced their brand new prosumer digital camcorder, the XL2. Read the press release: Canon's Hotly Anticipated XL2 Three CCD Mini-DV Camcorder Sizzles this Summer. Why is this important? Why am I blogging about it? Very simply, this is yet more evidence of the democratization of content creation. The XL2 would have been a professional rig just a few years ago. Now it is at the top end of the consumer market and the capabilities will inevitably trickle down. Of course, the quality content will need some way to be distributed *cough*broadcatching*cough*.
This is what Gizmodo has to say about the capabilities of the new camcorder (Canon Announces the XL2):
With both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios (film-like and TV-like, respectively), variable frame rates (again, to more closely emulate film or TV), interchangeable lens (the same as the XL1S had, including a new 20x optical zoom lens), and more, all wrapped around a 3 CCD system for maximum image, you know, fantasticness. [emphasis in original]
And all for an expected market price of about $5,000. High production values content creation is becoming cheap, rapidly.
There's just so much to this camera, though, it's sort of hard to explain. Things like the ability to sync up the settings on two different cameras so that the film quality will remain identical make the XL2 the next logical choice for not only budding film-makers and home users who want the best, but increasingly, well, anyone. [emphasis added]
See also, Engadget: Canons new XL2 Mini-DV camcorder.
I would be remiss if I didn't point you to HD for Indies, a blog dedicated to "High Definition Video for Independent Filmmakers: A How To Guide for indies on the cheap." For example, check (no permalink available currently) the July 01 posting on "Tight Budget 720p Uncompressed HD Editing System Recommendation." You too can edit 720p uncompressed for $3368.
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