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Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • Solid-state DV/HDV Capture & Editing
  • Custom Metadata
  • Thumbnails & Clip Viewing
  • MPEG4 Proxy Clips
  • Records 1080i/60 and 720p 24/30/60
  • Native QuickTime & MXF HDV Support
  • QuickTime, MXF, AVI, .m2t Files
  • 10-Second Retro Cache
  • NTSC Video System

The Focus Enhancements FS-CF Pro is a portable direct-to-edit recorder that captures SD and HD video to Compact Flash cards. Designed for Canon camcorders, the FS-CF Pro supports both DV and native HDV acquisition in a variety of resolutions and has the ability to record over 2.5 hours of footage to a 32GB card. By simply swapping in a fresh card when one is full, users can shoot the whole day without having to offload. Just shoot, connect, and edit--no more tape to log and capture, your clips are ready when you are!

The FS-CF Pro provides a number of upgrades over the FS-CF, including clip thumbnail viewing, proxy content playback, MPEG4 proxy clips, FTP support and wired/wireless custom metadata logging, DV/HDV MXF support, user-definable 10-second retro cache, and lower power consumption.

Solid State Acquisition to Editing in One Step
By recording to solid-state Compact Flash cards, the Focus FS-CF Pro can be used in extreme conditions, including high-shock and high-altitude environments. Once a recording is completed, the Compact Flash card can be removed from the unit and inserted into a memory card adapter for quick computer access or remain in the FS-CF Pro and connect to a computer via USB. DTE Technology ensures that your footage is ready to edit instantly--no capturing, file transfer, or file conversion is required.
View Thumbnails and Video Clips
With the FS-CF Pro, you can view thumbnails and video clips on its brilliant color display. Thumbnails can also be viewed on a web page when the FS-CF Pro is connected to a network. MPEG-4 proxy files can be generated and transferred to a host computer or a video-sharing web site, as well as distributed to portable media devices, making collaboration easy.
Assign Custom Metadata on the Fly
With the FS-CF Pro, you can personalize and optimize workflow--while you shoot. With your wireless handheld device or laptop, you can access the FS-CF Pro through a browser, define metadata, and assign it to video while you are recording--eliminating the need to tag footage when the shoot is over. During postproduction, simply transfer clips--complete with metadata--from the FS-CF Pro to your NLE system or PX Media Server. All of the information that you assigned during the shoot goes with the clips, saving you hours or even days of logging time.
Engineered for Portability, Durability, and Ease of Use
Only 2.75" wide, 5.4" high, and 1.25" deep (7 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm), the FS-CF Pro packs a wealth of functionality into a sleek and durable package that weighs only 12 ounces. Crafted from the inside out to meet the reliability and quality standards that video professionals demand, the FS-CF Pro is designed to deliver great results under even the most challenging shooting conditions.
Industry Standard File Format Support
The Focus FS-CF Pro brings the most popular DTE file formats to solid state recording. When used with 25Mb/s HDV cameras, the FS-CF Pro supports QuickTime 1080i/60 and 720p/30 recording for Final Cut Pro use, MXF HDV support for Avid, and M2T 720p/1080i recording for use in a number of different applications from Adobe, Avid and Grass Valley (Canopus).
Removable Compact Flash Slot
The FS-CF Pro features a CF card slot on its side for insertion of standard Type 1, UDMA, 30MB/s minimum Compact Flash Cards (16GB min.). Compact Flash cards feature a fast interface and very high capacities (currently up to 64GB) at low cost. The FS-CF also features a captive protective cover for the CF card slot to protect and secure your media. Buy as many CF cards as required (Focus qualified CF cards).
Transform Workflow at the Recording Stage
Not only does the FS-CF Pro enable you to go straight from shooting to editing by recording video in the NLE-compatible file format of your choice, but it allows you to add custom metadata to footage while you're recording. With three simple steps, you can define metadata fields for your shoot, add metadata tags to footage while it's recording, and transfer edit-ready clips to your NLE system or PX Media Server, complete with camera generated and custom-defined metadata. This simple three-step process dramatically streamlines workflow and saves numerous hours typically spent reviewing, logging, and tagging footage after it is shot.
Native QuickTime HDV & MXF Support
With the FS-CF Pro, you can record 1080i/60 or 720p/30 clips as native QuickTime HDV. The FS-CF Pro extracts and decodes the audio from the incoming HDV stream, combines it with the video stream, and wraps it as a QuickTime HDV file. When recording is complete, your QuickTime HDV file can be imported directly into Final Cut Pro--no capture or conversion is required.
Transform Workflow with Industry Standard Removable Media
The FS-CF Pro allows you to go straight from shooting to editing by recording video in the NLE-compatible file format of your choice. Enhancing workflow one step further, once a recording is complete, the FS-CF Pro allows you to remove the Compact Flash card and mount it to your computer using a standard CF compatible memory card reader. By doing this, you are free to insert another CF card into your FS-CF Pro and continue shooting while your previous card is being used for editing or archive ingest. If a CF compatible memory card reader is not available, simply leave the CF card in the FS-CF Pro and connect the unit to a computer via USB 2.0 using the available HDD mode.
Video System NTSC
Configuration Portable
Technology DTE Compact Flash Recorder
Supported Formats & Resolutions 720p @ 23.976, 24, 29.97, 30, 59.94, 60 fps
1080i @ 23.976, 24, 29.97, 30, 59.94, 60 fps
480p @ 60 fps

DV: 480i/p, 8-bit 4:1:1 (NTSC-DV)
DTE File Formats: AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI, MXF, QuickTime, and RawDV

*All HDV formats are supported in the M2T format. QuickTime HDV mode only supports 1080i60/24F/30F and 720p30. The unit must be set to DV MODE to record 480/60p. MXF HDV mode only supports 1080i60 and 720p30.
Audio DV
2-Channel (16-bit, 48kHz)
4-Channel (12-bit, 32kHz) (RawDV only)

HDV
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II
Recording Dedicated VTR Record Buttons, Retro Recording, Scene Marking, MetaData Assigning
Playback Play, Stop, Forward Index, Back Index, Forward, Rewind, Loop Playback Modes
Hard Drive Not Applicable
File Transfer Method FireWire 400, USB 2.0, CompactFlash
Interface Front Panel Keys with LCD screen
Controls Power, 4 User-Programmable Function Keys, Record, Stop, Play, Pause
Input and Output Connectors FireWire: 6-Pin (x1 Input/Output)
USB: USB 2.0 Type-A (x1 Input/Output)
Remote: GPI/RS-232C
Time Code DV Embedded Timecode (Drop or Non-Drop)
Mounting Belt Mount or On-Camera
Compatible Camcorders MiniDV/HDV Camcorders
Canon XL-H1, XH-A1, XH-G1

Refer to manufacturer's website for most current compatibility information.

Compatible NLE Systems Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Adobe Premiere Elements
Apple Final Cut Express
Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple iMovie
Avid Media Composer Adrenaline
Avid Xpress Pro
Avid Newscutter Adrenaline
Canopus Edius Pro
Canopus Edius Broadcast
Matrox RT/RTX
Matrox Axio
Sony Vegas
Ulead Media Studio Pro

Please see Focus for current compatibility chart.

Power Requirements 11-18VDC
Power Consumption 7.5W
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Storage Temperature -40-140°F (-20-60°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 5.4 x 1.3" (7 x 13.7 x 3.2cm)
Weight 0.75 lb (0.34 kg)
Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • Power Adapter w/Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • 4-Pin to 6-Pin FireWire Cable
  • 6-Pin to 6-Pin FireWire Cable
  • User Guide
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonFS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder
     
    3.9

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Poor design (4)
    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • In the studio (8)
    • Complex projects (5)
    • Upgrade (4)
    • Movies (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (12), Film professional (4), Enthusiast (3), Power user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sideways Addition

    I have a Canon XH-A1s, a miniDV tape camcorder. With the FS-CF I can convert it to a digital camcorder. We are an oral history program, and must record continuously for well over...Read complete review

    I have a Canon XH-A1s, a miniDV tape camcorder. With the FS-CF I can convert it to a digital camcorder. We are an oral history program, and must record continuously for well over an hour or two. A pain to change tapes every hour, and then have to digitize that into the editing software. With the FS-CF I get 158 minutes on a 32GB CF card and then copy the mov file to my iMac for editing and archiving, and then reuse the CF card.I had to creatively use my gaffer tape to make grab handles to easily pull the rechargeable battery from the device (two batteries are included in the box), as well as the CF card because both have no grab handles or eject options for the FS-CF and you literally cannot get them out once inserted. I also made a great cradle for it using gaffer tape and a neoprene drink can cooler, cutting out parts of the neoprene for display windows and then using the tape both for structure support and to make a sling which I can put on the camera. Works great. I had to un-enable the power saving option from the camcorder, because the strategy here is that the FS-CF just records what the camera sees via the old Firewire 400 cable from camera to device. If you do not disable that in the camera menu the camera auto shuts down. But I can just shoot forever with that power saving option disabled using the FS-CF.The user manual is spiral bound and thick, and you must read it to avoid the problems others have had. The buttons are not as responsive like your iPhone and require a bit of finesse, but that is not a deal breaker.The quality of the recording is great, and of course reflects entirely what your camera is doing at the moment of recording. The output is entirely clean.I call this a sideways addition because really at some point the tape camera must be replaced anyway, you decide if you just want to bite the bullet and move forward now or defer updating. Buying the FS-CF will grant you a few years maybe, but in the meantime you spent $ plus $ for a 32GB CF card (if you get the SanDisk Extreme which you should).At any rate, to rate just the performance of this device outside of other considerations, well, it works just fine. So far I used it to record a 2-hr event and a few oral histories. You get the 90 minute clip and then it starts on a new 90 min clip, and fits seamlessly. The rechargeable battery has a pretty decent life, several hours at least but I have not tested that fully. You can run off AC power (adapter included) and the rechargeable battery recharges at the same time. The menu is not terribly intuitive but is okay once you get used to it. I am not having the trouble with the touchy buttons as other are. I set the format to UDF (not FAT, and you must format the card before use if changing from the FAT default) and I can record 90 minute clips. With the FAT option only 10 min clips, though they will seamlessly fit together with no dropped frames. You can change cards during recording as it records a buffer. There are many other options including remote wireless (it will connect to your existing computer or other) that I have not explored. So all good but the real issue is that it is old technology and should you place your money there or move forward.I hope this helps. I did purchase the device with no regrets. As many others may feel, that Canon I have is a great camera and it is a shame to just discard it. The FS-CF gave it a new lease on life…for a while.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I'm surprised...

    ...by how little information about this product is on the internet. I can usually find a video or information on anything. But I can't find one operational, instructional or review video for...Read complete review

    ...by how little information about this product is on the internet. I can usually find a video or information on anything. But I can't find one operational, instructional or review video for this product.

    I purchased the FS-CF Pro about a week ago to add more years to my Canon XH-A1. It worked pretty well out of the box. I charged the battery till the light was a solid green (as the manual stated), changed to the Final Cut Pro quicktime format media for easy drag and drop transfer to my computer from my 32gb Sandisk CF card, and ran my first test with the product.

    I was very impressed with how easy capture was with this device when it was paired with my XHA1. I set the frame rate on my XHA1, connect a firewire to the FS-CF pro and pressed record. The FS-CF pro automatically records in the frame rate that the XHA1 is in.

    The button layout is a bit confusing without delving into the manual and the scroll wheel is slow and sometimes unresponsive. However, it does the job that's advertised.

    But now on to the problem, which I can not for the life of me find a solution for.

    On a recent shoot with the FS-CF pro for the first time I had recorded about an hour of footage on my 32gb CF card, and recorded to mini DV tapes just for back up in case a situation like this one arose. Upon trying to record more media, the screen went blank, and would not turn on again. I charged the battery till the light was a solid green again but the FS-CF pro would still not turn on. I'm not sure what I did wrong but I'm assuming it's defective.

    I'm in the process of exchanging the device for an new one. I really like the idea of getting rid of my mini dv tapes in favor of CF media, however, I'm a little wary after the products initial performance, which is why the 2 star review.

    Hopefully it was just a defective version.

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    1.0

    Drops frames. Not reliable. DO NOT BUY!

    By JC

    from Oklahoma City, OK

    About Me Business Owner, TV Producer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

      I purchased this to bring life back to my XH-A1, which I hoped to use in 2 camera shoots with my JVC GY-HM 710U. This device drops frames, up to 2 minutes in a 2 hour program. This becomes time consuming and frustrating when editing multi-cam. I have shipped this unit to back to vitec and they could not figure out the problem. They sent it back and ultimately stopped answering my email. I am considering purchasing a consumer camera to use as a unmanned second camera. DO NOT waste your money on this product!

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      5.0

      FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Rec

      By TimBo

      from MD

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Battery Release

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

          I bought this as an upgrade to my Canon XH-A1, it is much faster to transfer video from a CF card than from tape. Having never used anything like this before I was able to unbox it and start using it in the matter of minutes. There is still much to learn about this but currently I am just using it at its simplest form.

          CONS: The release to get the battery out of the devices is very poorly designed.

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          5.0

          Great Product / Great Price

          By thats-a-rap

          from Newport Beach, CA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

            We are using it with our Canon XH-A1s, Very easy to set up and use. We formatted our 64 Gig cards through the unit to UDF and are able to record up 1 1/2 hours before it re-writes - The Fat32 format re-writes after every 2 Gigs that's about every 9 minutes. We are shooting in the M2T format.
            The menu dial it a little touchy but you get use to it.

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            4.0

            Battery Fix

            By Daryl

            from Glendale, AZ

            About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

            I like the unit, but agree with others about mounting and battery changeout. I found I could easily mount a small piece of black sewing binding cloth to the bottom of the battery with super glue. This now allows a simple tug on the black cloth tape to remove the battery without pounding or jigggling the unit. Also, I found that by simply mounting a plate on the rear M.125 screws on the back of the unit, I could easily mount some velcro tape. I then place the unit in the side strap handle of my XHA1 and tape it to the solid handle. The Focus screen is then still visable and controls easily accessible. Works fast and great.

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            5.0

            Great recorder

            By Jbm

            from Long island

            Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

            Excellent product. Used as an upgrade to my mini dv tape camcorder.

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            5.0

            Just i need

            By STD

            from Tenares, Rep. Dominicana.

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In The Studio

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              Excellent product and is that describe in the web.
              Thanks

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              4.0

              Sideways Addition

              By Deborah

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Editor, Instructor, Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Good Upgrade Option

              Cons

              • Menu Tricky

              Best Uses

              • Specifically To Upgrade

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              I have a Canon XH-A1s, a miniDV tape camcorder. With the FS-CF I can convert it to a digital camcorder. We are an oral history program, and must record continuously for well over an hour or two. A pain to change tapes every hour, and then have to digitize that into the editing software. With the FS-CF I get 158 minutes on a 32GB CF card and then copy the mov file to my iMac for editing and archiving, and then reuse the CF card.I had to creatively use my gaffer tape to make grab handles to easily pull the rechargeable battery from the device (two batteries are included in the box), as well as the CF card because both have no grab handles or eject options for the FS-CF and you literally cannot get them out once inserted. I also made a great cradle for it using gaffer tape and a neoprene drink can cooler, cutting out parts of the neoprene for display windows and then using the tape both for structure support and to make a sling which I can put on the camera. Works great. I had to un-enable the power saving option from the camcorder, because the strategy here is that the FS-CF just records what the camera sees via the old Firewire 400 cable from camera to device. If you do not disable that in the camera menu the camera auto shuts down. But I can just shoot forever with that power saving option disabled using the FS-CF.The user manual is spiral bound and thick, and you must read it to avoid the problems others have had. The buttons are not as responsive like your iPhone and require a bit of finesse, but that is not a deal breaker.The quality of the recording is great, and of course reflects entirely what your camera is doing at the moment of recording. The output is entirely clean.I call this a sideways addition because really at some point the tape camera must be replaced anyway, you decide if you just want to bite the bullet and move forward now or defer updating. Buying the FS-CF will grant you a few years maybe, but in the meantime you spent $ plus $ for a 32GB CF card (if you get the SanDisk Extreme which you should).At any rate, to rate just the performance of this device outside of other considerations, well, it works just fine. So far I used it to record a 2-hr event and a few oral histories. You get the 90 minute clip and then it starts on a new 90 min clip, and fits seamlessly. The rechargeable battery has a pretty decent life, several hours at least but I have not tested that fully. You can run off AC power (adapter included) and the rechargeable battery recharges at the same time. The menu is not terribly intuitive but is okay once you get used to it. I am not having the trouble with the touchy buttons as other are. I set the format to UDF (not FAT, and you must format the card before use if changing from the FAT default) and I can record 90 minute clips. With the FAT option only 10 min clips, though they will seamlessly fit together with no dropped frames. You can change cards during recording as it records a buffer. There are many other options including remote wireless (it will connect to your existing computer or other) that I have not explored. So all good but the real issue is that it is old technology and should you place your money there or move forward.I hope this helps. I did purchase the device with no regrets. As many others may feel, that Canon I have is a great camera and it is a shame to just discard it. The FS-CF gave it a new lease on life…for a while.

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              3.0

              Works, but Expensive

              By Manny

              from San Diego, Ca

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              I bought this in February, and have used it at weddings and sports events. It's expensive, compared to used Firestore FS-4 that you can get at [*]. It works, but I haven't yet learned to shoot at the 720 30p and all the other settings that they say it can do... just straight 60i so far. Steep learning curve and how to manuever and make changes to settings. I'm glad I use the mini-dv tape still because twice now the darn thing stopped recording. I don't know why. One time, it did it out in the field. Maybe because it was a hot day? But then, it did it inside, during a wedding reception. Hate to be constantly paranoid that it will stop working again, and when it does, you have to shut it off, shut off the camera, and reconnect. Still, it's better solution than just having tape, which has also given me issues (that's why I bought this one, so I'm covered should one of them fail). Battery is difficult to change (client will see you jiggling the darn thing, and hitting it to get battery out. I've now put Velcro on bottom of battery, and I can connect the other velcro part and then yank it out that way). Going through the menu system is a real pain!!!!!

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              3.0

              Only NTSC not PAL

              By Bent Anvil

              from New Zealand

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Replaces Tapes

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              The website stated NTSC and PAL but returned the product as I required PAL and the unit was only NTSC. Apart from they it seems to have all the features I was looking for. the wireless metadat features require purchase of wifi dongle. Operation of the unit is very clunky, feels very "chinesey". No way to mount the unit to the camera unless you buy an expensive cage. Numbering of the clips on the CF card isn't all that helpful either.

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              4.0

              XHA1 Renewed!

              By Joey

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Business Owner, Documentary Stories, Fundraising Films

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Professional Quality
              • Run And Gun

              Cons

              • Wheel A Bit Sensitive

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              I'm not overly technical and found the FS-CF Pro to be an outstanding replacement for the tape recording function of my XHA1 Canon. The device works perfectly and with flash media is exceptionally fast. While the wheel that is used to access the menus (think early generation Apple iPod) is very sensitive and can take a bit of getting used to, the unit performs exceptionally.

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              3.0

              Versatile but frustrating

              By Beartooth

              from Northwest Arkansas

              About Me Professional Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

              The good: multi-format capability. No rendering, depending upon sequence options. Lightweight, easy to read.

              The not-so-good. Ridiculous battery changing configuration. You have to "hit" the unit to make the battery eject. The touch wheel is way too sensitive and inaccurate. Rather a pain to make it work.

              I had my unit only one day before it had to go back to the factory. Still don't have it back yet.

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              4.0

              So far so good, even with the flaws...

              By crisxxxx

              from Seattle, Wa

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                    Have not had a chance yet to use it in a working environment, but my initial impression is good.

                    Pros:
                    1.Fairly small and light compared to HDD models that I've seen.
                    2.Has 4 programmable quick access buttons to menu operations.
                    2.Large and clear LCD screen to check status.
                    3.Can be controlled by (some) cameras for start and stop functions.

                    Cons:
                    1.Does NOT come with a mount of any kind or even a belt clip. This accessory is sold separately and ridiculously expensive.
                    2.Does NOT have the capability of showing any of the image while recording so it cannot be used for monitoring.
                    3.When reviewing or playing back HD clips, the video is at a reduced rate and quality.
                    4.The control ring is clunky and too touchy for accessing functions. It also responds intermittently.
                    5.The battery release button is too small and recessed for easy battery removal/exchange. Even with the release button pressed you have to shake or jar it loose (the manual even tells you to do it!). The unit needs a small spring to push the battery out when the button is pressed.

                    Even with all the cons that I listed, I like the product so far and am glad I bought two of them to go with my Canon XH-A1s

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                    5.0

                    New life for excellent camcorder

                    By Filmtunes

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Set Up Takes Awhile

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                    Bit of a learning curve, scroll wheel is a little funky but it works great for what it is designed for. Shooting w/ Canon XHA1s, interface works like a dream, camera records straight to DTE, downloads from CF card very quickly. Having some issues with Quicktime setting, Vitek Tech Support has been very helpful and am confident of successful outcome. Extra battery is a good idea for shooting in the field, battery life is about 3 hours.

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                    4.0

                    Better than tapes!

                    By Jose G.

                    from Cranbrook, BC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                    I use it with my Canon XHa1, so far is working great. The scroll wheel is a bit clunky but manageable.

                    I like the fact I can record with no tape in the drive. I still keep an eye out to make sure its recording, just in case.

                    A couple of things to keep an eye out:
                    - Get an extra battery
                    - When saving to .mov, I am having an issue importing directly to FCPx. A workaround was to open it via QuickTime, export the file as a .mov, then it seemed to work fine in FCPx.

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                    2.0

                    I'm surprised...

                    By MartyMcDoc

                    from Yardley, PA

                    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                    Pros

                    • Goodbye Mini Dv Tapes

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Performance

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                    ...by how little information about this product is on the internet. I can usually find a video or information on anything. But I can't find one operational, instructional or review video for this product.

                    I purchased the FS-CF Pro about a week ago to add more years to my Canon XH-A1. It worked pretty well out of the box. I charged the battery till the light was a solid green (as the manual stated), changed to the Final Cut Pro quicktime format media for easy drag and drop transfer to my computer from my 32gb Sandisk CF card, and ran my first test with the product.

                    I was very impressed with how easy capture was with this device when it was paired with my XHA1. I set the frame rate on my XHA1, connect a firewire to the FS-CF pro and pressed record. The FS-CF pro automatically records in the frame rate that the XHA1 is in.

                    The button layout is a bit confusing without delving into the manual and the scroll wheel is slow and sometimes unresponsive. However, it does the job that's advertised.

                    But now on to the problem, which I can not for the life of me find a solution for.

                    On a recent shoot with the FS-CF pro for the first time I had recorded about an hour of footage on my 32gb CF card, and recorded to mini DV tapes just for back up in case a situation like this one arose. Upon trying to record more media, the screen went blank, and would not turn on again. I charged the battery till the light was a solid green again but the FS-CF pro would still not turn on. I'm not sure what I did wrong but I'm assuming it's defective.

                    I'm in the process of exchanging the device for an new one. I really like the idea of getting rid of my mini dv tapes in favor of CF media, however, I'm a little wary after the products initial performance, which is why the 2 star review.

                    Hopefully it was just a defective version.

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                    4.0

                    Goodbye mini DV tapes!!

                    By Stevo

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Business Owner, Film Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                      This is a great tool to keep those Canon cameras and lenses going strong for years to come. Finally, I can ditch the DV tape. Works very well and is very compatible. I like that it can be controlled by the camera itself so there are no extra buttons to push. Another feature that was welcomed was the ability to "capture" old DV tapes right to the DTE recorder. The downside to this great piece of equipment is that there must be a problem with Quicktime and its codecs becasue it will play back on the DTE but the video will need to be converetd before you can edit.

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                      3.0

                      Great Idea poor user interface design

                      By 4mrUSMarine

                      from San Ramon, CA

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Price From Bh Foto
                      • Light
                      • Sleek Design

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Set Up
                      • No Mounting Hardware
                      • No Protective Case

                      Best Uses

                      • Field

                      Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                      I bought this to replace my focus fs-c 100 in hopes of having a lighter and easier DTE. I like the idea of having compact flash rather than a hard drive. The user interface which is a touch wheel rather than buttons is awful, it causes the screen selection highlight to jump around. Once it's setup, it works great. The ability to simply plug in the compact flash into my computer is a huge time savings. I also like the ability to review the recording from the unit.

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                      2.0

                      Unsure

                      By Rick Barney

                      from Des Moines, IA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                            Ok,
                            I'm new to Video so I'm entering this business on a budget. I picked up a cannon XH-A1 for a reasonable price with some extras (Case/Tripod/etc) but I didn't want to spend hours dubbing tapes over once I start recording so I started looking at Hard Drives. Thankfully I purchased this on sale in December, If I would have spent the origional price this was listed at I would have been greatly dissapointed. I will agree with the previous poster about lack of mounting options for a reasonable price so I'm in the process of making my own (I bought some flat aluminum stock and heated it up with a torch to bend in the shape I want). I also agree that my FS-CF doesn't start with the camera like it shows in the book. Those are minor inconveniences in my opinon, my big gripe.....the battery. This device uses a proprietary battery. I wouldn't have an issue with that if I could buy a high capacity battery and an external battery charger. Maybe they were available at one time but I'm not finding them now. I'm assuming the FS-H200 is basically the same unit and I have looked under accessories for that as well with no luck. This means you have to charge all of your batteries before you hit your shoot and when they are dead you are out of luck and back to tapes unless you are close to an outlet. Right now I think my solution is going to be to buy an external Laptop battery that I will mount on the bracket and plug into the charge port on the FS-CF Pro. It'll add a little weight but it'll be cheaper in the long run than the proprietery battery and should run the unit for much longer than the 2.2 hours projected with the factory battery. Not to mention, external laptop batteries are much cheaper than the FS battery.

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                            3.0

                            Does it's job, but clumsy

                            By Doug

                            from Salt Lake City

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • High Capacity
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Set Up
                            • Difficult To Use
                            • Unattractive Design

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Office
                            • Television

                            Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                            I would love to give this five stars because it does it's job as advertized, but lacks in other, very serious ways. I love to record my Canon XHA1s straight to digital as well as quickly digitizing my many tapes. If you have a tape-based HD camera then a product like this is quite handy. The few things I feel I should point out is the fact that this comes as a brick. Bulky and somewhat heavy. You hold the camera in one hand then hold the recorder in another. Why? Because there's no way to attach it or mount it to your rig or tripod. Is there a way? Yes, but it will cost you. Bracket 1 makes mounting devices but the best one is going to cost over a [$] bucks! and the lower end (which is just a cheap piece of metal with the standard 1/4 inch screwing hole) will cost you [$] bucks! totally unforgivible. I bought this needing to use it on a shoot only to find out I need these other accessories which are grossly overpriced. What's really irritating is you could see where they could have added a screw mount to connect a hot shoe, but they didnt. And this is the "Pro" model? Another thing, the control. It uses a soft touch thing (like an ipod) but it's horribly unresponsive. And sometimes you over shoot your options. Can you get used to it? sure, in the same way you get used to driving a clunky 1992 geo metro. Also the External trigger function dont seem to work as it is in the manual. I set the "E" and when I hit record it just sits there on the recorder. Maybe mine is just broken. I don't know. But I'm almost ready to return it. I have a shoot coming up tomorrow so I'll see how it goes.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent piece of gear for Canon XH A1s

                            By Michael Buie

                            from Raleigh, NC

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Does Everything I Need
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • High Capacity
                            • Reliable
                            • Sleek Design

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Dorm Room
                              • Home
                              • Movies
                              • Office
                              • Television

                              Comments about Canon FS-CF Pro Portable Compact Flash DTE Recorder:

                              I have four of the XH A1s, but shoot cinematic style (multiple angles, multiple takes, one camera) and knew I'd save a lot of miniDV Masters cost with just one of these.Just wow! It recognizes the XH A1s record and sync commands and is effortless to use during shoots. I bought the Backet 1 and FS-CF DTE cradle extension to mount it to my camera.The only con I have is the scroll wheel is difficult to develop the right touch when manipulating it. I know why they made it sealed this way, to keep it shielded against the elements, but I don't have the hang of using it yet.Two thumbs up, otherwise, though!

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                              Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

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