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  • DV payback recommendations

    Not strictly Edius-related but a burning question:

    So far I have been using my camcorder to play back my DV tapes when capturing raw material. However, I can't afford to ruin my camcorder as it is a specific model that is not available in shops any more and it is the only one to fit into my underwater case setup.

    I am therefore looking for an alternative playback device. DV decks seem to be unreasonably expensive for my purposes and I can't see what their advantage really is. Would a cheap camcorder be sufficient, or are there different playback qualities depending on the model?

  • #2
    So long as it is in good condition it doesn't matter how cheap a cam you buy. As the signal is digital all playback devices will either play it or won't. Old cams may have worn/out of alignment heads, so I'd suggest a new one, cheapest of the same make of cam you use.

    I use my first canon digi cam as my deck, it'snow 7 years old buy does it's job well.

    Decks are made to last, to be able to jog/shuttle the tapes without causing them damage. I wouldn't use the frame forward buttons tooo much on capture with a camcorder.
    Microsoft MVP in Digital Media

    Edius 4.61, NX Express, xp sp2


    • #3
      Since the dv data will be copied 1:1 from the tape to the harddisk via firewire you can use any dv camcorder which is available. I would look for a model with dv-in because I still like the idea of a tape master.


      • #4
        I would look for a model with dv-in because I still like the idea of a tape master.
        there are some cheap devises that can hack the dv-in limitation of the camcorders and allow recording to tape...
        We have one from Cactus images...(DV Max Enabler) and it works very well!
        Aristotelis Bafaloukos
        Systems Engineer, Video Editor, 3D Artist
        BEng (Hons), MSc, MBCS