Canon, which has struggled in the camcorder market, is set to launch a brand-new Full-HD Codec that allows users to capture high-quality motion images and sound.Aimed at the professional market, the new MPEG-2 FullHD (4:2:2) file-based recording codec delivers up to 50Mbps data recording and twice the colour data of the HDV profile format.
File-based recording provides greater post-production efficiencies to video operations, including those dealing with newsgathering, documentary filmmaking and event videography, claims Canon, which also said that its new MPEG-2 FullHD compression 4:2:2 codec will enable recording of 1920 by 1080-pixel full high-definition video with colour sampling that offers twice the volume of colour data, providing double the level of colour resolution.
It will also allow a maximum 50Mbps data recording with approximately twice the data volume of HDV for higher resolution and increased colour data.
In addition, the industry-standard Material eXchange Format (MXF) is a widely supported open source file format for the recording of video and audio and metadata, developed to suit the latest editing systems used by broadcasters.
Canon said it is partnering with Adobe Systems, Apple, Avid Technology and Grass Valley to ensure compatibility with major editing and processing software programs widely used within the video imaging industry.