What to buy, US or European

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Smithnc
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I am considering the purchase of a GH3 for video, its available as a Europaen or US version.
In the UK most equipment will play back 60 Hz, but the US is not so tolerant of 50Hz. Last year I spent a little while converting to 60 Hz, for gifts to fellow travellers. Vegas stalled with the HD version but was fine with the DVD, eventually used Adobe Media Encoder which was fine. I'm happy with the results but I found myself questioning wether I should just do everything as 60 Hz, what would I loose?
I am a hobbyist, I don't think anyone would purchase my output!!
 
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Mark M
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Re: What to buy, US or European
Think to the future: and that doesn't include delivery by DVD. Much easier to share with your fellow travellers via YouTube or Vimeo.
Therefore the 60hz thing becomes moot.
Buy a European one with all the consumer protection that purchase in the UK and EC gives you.

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Re: What to buy, US or European
Yes, I'm sure you're right but fast internet is a long way off here in semirural Dorset, just 5 miles from Dorchester where there is fibre! I'll probably be looking at another camera by the time it arrives here!
I have made large purchases from the US, but with the carriage and tax, any saving is negligible, I prefer buying in the UK anyway.
Optical media seems easiest to distribute though, I was surprised that most of those I sent discs to could only view the DVD, obviously Bluray hasn't been that successful. They all had fancy DSLRs and lenses though, I suppose the US people were heavily into Apple Macs.
I think the DVD was inferior to the clips I'd placed on Vimeo.
 
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Re: What to buy, US or European
Why not Blu-Ray?  Players cheap enough and play DVDs as well. Better than DVD to preserve the HD benefits of a GH3.
 
 
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DAVE M
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Re: What to buy, US or European
because the OP has said that his client's can't play them back.
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Re: What to buy, US or European
There's still US Bluray at 60hz and European at 50hz,  (US Playstations usually can't play European Blurays according to my searches) so I had to convert the European AVCHD to US, it worked and I couldn't tell the difference really.
But if all UK units can play both why not just use the US standard?
Anyway buying in UK far outweighs the occasional conversion. I just wondered if there was some other reason for not going to 60Hz as the primary capture.
 
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Re: What to buy, US or European
All Blu-ray players can handle anything you chuck at them provided it meets the spec. & the player is compatible with BD-R/BD-RE and/or the LTH variations.
 
1080P50 and 1080P60 aren't part of the Blu-ray disc spec.
 
The main thing to consider really is filming under artificial light - sometimes you can get odd results with 50Hz lighting and a 60Hz camera.