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HPX500 Overview

The HPX500 is a Full body professional camera with three 2/3" CCD chips, capturing beautiful picture in a broad spectrum of recording formats from Standard Def to High Def in both NTSC and PAL formats. Not only is it similiar in just the name, but the HPX500's operation and features can be easily identified as improvements from its older sister, the HVX200. Watch the video below and see if you can spot the similiarities with the HVX200. But be assured, this is not déjà vu.

HPX500 Audio Channels

The HPX500's audio is one major difference from the HVX200. It has 4 audio inputs allowing recording up to 4 independent channels. Looking at the Audio Panel can be daunting at first, but we hope the interactive Flash below will help grasp it.

HPX500 Audio Monitoring

This interactive Flash below demonstrates the Monitor Select switch. Use the Monitor Select switch to select the audio channel whose signals are output to the speaker, earphones, or AUDIO OUT connector.

P2 LED Status

One of the biggest advantages to the P2 workflow is the ability to take out P2 cards that are full, offload them, and then return them to the camera while it's recording, allowing an infinite amount of record time to the production. But in order for this to work properly, you need to pay attention to the P2 Status LEDs that are located on the P2 slots to know which cards can be taken out. Just remember that on any blinking Orange, you should NOT take out the cards, which can corrupt data or make the card unusable unless reformatted.

P2 Recording Time

Below you will find a table of all the recoding formats that both the HVX200 and the HPX500 can shoot as well each recording format's recording time per 1 Gigabyte of P2 storage. Knowing these numbers below can help you determine which recording format to use and how to make the most of your P2 cards.

Recording Format Recording Time
(per 1GB)
DVCPro HD* 1 min
DVCPro HD 720/24pN** 2.5 min
DVCPro HD 720/30pN** 2 min
DVCPro 50 2 min
DVCPro/DV 4 min
* 1080i/60i, 1080i/30p, 1080i/24p, 1080i/24pA, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 720/24pA
** N signifies Native Format with no pull down.
Canon DSLR Recording Times

Below you will find a table of all the recoding formats for the 5D, 1D, and 7D. Canon's T2/3/4i and 60D have the same recording limits as the 7D.

5D Mk2/7D Card Record Times 64GB 32GB 16GB 8GB Data Rate
1920x1080 24, 25, or 30fps 193 min 96 min 48 min 24 min 5.5mb/sec
1280x720 50 or 60fps 193 min 96 min 48 min 24 min 5.5mb/sec
640x480 50 or 60fps 387 min 194 min 97 min 49 min 2.75mb/sec
5D Mk3/1D X Card Record Times 64GB 32GB 16GB 8GB
1920x1080 24, 25, or 30fps ALL-I 88 min 44 min 22 min 11 min
1280x720 50 or 60fps ALL-I 96 min 48 min 24 min 12 min
1920x1080 24, 25, or 30fps IPB 256 min 128 min 64 min 32 min
1280x720 50 or 60fps IPB 296 min 148 min 74 min 37 min
640x480 50 or 60fps IPB 624 min 312 min 156 min 78 min