Hard disk camcorder editing

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    • #36815

      Has anyone tried multiple hard disk camcorders connected to a computer NLE and left the clips resident in the camcorders hard drives (without having to import clips to the computers hard drive) to compose a final clip in an NLE (eg. multiple hard disk camcorders at a live event for syncronized shot editing)?

    • #163522

      I used to work on the production team at a very large chuch (over 5,000 atendees weekly) which hosted a weekly show on cable.

      They used a very large, very expecnsive (over $100,000 for the NLE, and $20,000 per camera times five cameras) version of what you’re talking about.

      Depending on the size of your event, there are solutions that might work, though I’ve never tried them personally.

      If you’ve got the budget, NewTek, the company that invented the Video Toaster, has a gadget called the tricaster. It’s supposedly all the equipment you’d find in a live news truck packed into one machine (though, having been in a news truck, I wonder if that’s possible :-)) Anyway, It runs in the upper $4000’s range, and the folks I know who’ve used it are happy. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than the $200,000 my old church spent on equipment! πŸ˜›

      The other option is the Firestorm. It’s a unit that connects to a camera, and records onto a hard drive. You then connect this to your PC, and you can edit it all together later. But if you’re loking for live, this wouldn’t work.

      Then, there’s the dirt cheap, who-cares-about-quality method. Run an RCA video feed from each of your cameras into a $39 mixer from radio shack. Output your signal to a computer or another camera to capture. the "final edit". Yeah, it’s cheezy, nd your quality’s gonna suck, but it’s cheap. πŸ˜›
      If you’re more specific with what you need, I can probably give you a better idea of what you’re going to need. Live multi-camera editing is going to require basically $5,000 minimum to get you "pro" quality. A small church, or an informal event won’t require that pro look, and you can get by on the cheap stuff.

    • #163523

      Thanks Jim. Thats a bit out of my league. I am considering new low cost camcorders such as the JVC GZ-MG20 or GZ series. They claim DV quality straight to built in hard drive. I am using Adobe Premiere on a PC with XP and USB 2 or firewire. I have a GL1 and want to purchase camcorders like the one I mentioned.

    • #163524

      I should mention also that I am not trying to capture straight to computer live feeds, just trying to sync hard disk prosumer DV cams footage in post. I am wodering if this is similar to a "firestorm" hard drive like you mentioned and can you use more than one of these at one time for multiple camera feeds in post.

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