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  • PROXIE folder

    Posted by Shane Ross on May 13, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    OK. I only have experience with shooting and capturing footage shot on the HVX in the DVCPRO HD 720p format.

    But when I was working at NAB, I was handed a card of footage to import that had footage shot using the DVCPRO 50 setting. While giving a demo someone asked what folders were in the CONTENTS folder and what they meant. While I was explaining it, I opened the PROXIE folder and found something that I hadn’t seen before.

    MPEG-4 files. TIMECODED MPEG-4 FILES. All the files matched the footage that was full resolution on the card, only they were smaller and had TC burned on the window. The person I was showing it to was impressed..as was I. I thought to myself that we didn’t need a P2 Viewer for the Mac, as we had low res QT files of the footage to look at. And if the producer wanted to take footage home that night to review…there it was. Burn this to a disk and they were set.

    But, since I hadn’t seen this before with the HD footage, and that is primarily what people were going to be shooting, I didn’t make much of this. And until now, I had COMPELETLY forgotten about it. And my producer has the cameras, so I can’t shoot tests or look for the setting that might have caused these files to be made.

    Do you guys know about this? How to get these files to appear? Are they a function of the SD settings only? Because I will have to say, I was VERY impressed that the camera did this. And this would be a HUGE selling point.

    Shane

    Alokut Productions
    http://www.lfhd.net

    Shane Ross replied 18 years ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Steve Mahrer

    May 14, 2006 at 12:17 am

    Hi Shane;

    The proxy files were likely recorded by the optional Proxy Encoder card in either the AJ-SPX800 or SPC700 P-2 SD DVCPRO 25/50 P-2 cameras. The proxy encoder card in MPEG 4 and is menu adjustable between 192kb/s, 768kb/s and 1.5Mb/s. The proxy files can be recorded on the P-2 card, the SD card or both. The proxy encoder is a PCMCIA card and fits in the top rear slot of the larger cameras.

    Now the bad news, the HVX200 cannot work with the proxy card, this is due to power / space / cost constraints. The proxy files can be eaily read by Quicktime or a variety of other player apps. I play it in my HP IPAQ PDA.

    Cheers,

    Steve

    Steve Mahrer (Panasonic Broadcast)

  • Shane Ross

    May 14, 2006 at 1:21 am

    Ah.

    Darn shame that it won’t work. But it makes sense why it won’t. Taxing enough to get full quality DVCPRO HD onto those cards.

    Very nice feature for those other cameras, by the way.

    Shane

    Alokut Productions
    http://www.lfhd.net

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