Originally Posted by Disc Golf Live
Nice. I have been checking out HD cameras and settled on the same Canon camera for when/if I make an upgrade. I've had a GL2 for years and the XH A1 seems to be the best replacement. I hate shooting golf with anything less than 16x zoom, and prefer 20x, so many options are ruled out early. I think I'd go for the A1s only because it allows for recording both native audio and a line input at the same time. Between costs for the camera, a beefier PC for capture/editing, and software for working with HD, it will be an expensive upgrade. How are you handling the editing end of things? I think a quality video card to handle HD will cost me more than the whole PC I'm using now to work with standard def video...
I made the video:
If you are already using a GL2, the XH A1 seems like a seamless change. The XH feels very similar to the GL2 in several ways. I used my laptop to edit, it has a 1GB video card, It took 15 min to render the 30 second spot.
How beefy your computer depends on how much time you want to spend rendering and encoding. I don't think a beefier computer with a super expensive video card is the answer, patience works for me, but if you are paying someone by the hour so edit video, then the extra cost is worth it. I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing. CS5 is HD friendly.