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- April 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM #44266AnonymousInactive
I’m brand new in the world of video graphing so bear with me please 😉
The number of available tape players does not make it easy to just pick one. The person with zero experience regarding video graphing (me) would too easy make a wrong choice.
What it suppose to be capable of besides play-back and what to look for? Suggestions?
There are a lot of tape decks out there, but it’s not hard to figure out which one is for you.
First you need to decide which format you are using. MiniDV tape, HDV tape, Beta SP tape, HDCam, HDCam SR, DVCPro HD, etc. There are many different tape formats, but once you know which format you’re working with, there are only a few decks to choose from.
Once you know which decks you have to choose from, you need to look for one that is in your price range. MiniDV decks can cost anything from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars while HDCam SR will be around the $100,000 range or more, but I’m assuming you are not recording HDCam SR…just simply making the point that some can be super expensive.
So anyway, to make your life easier, figure out which format you are recording then decided on a price range. You will only have a few products to choose from.
The features you want in that deck depend on the format you are recording and what you intend to do in the editing stage. So let us know what format you’re recording.
This is what I get if I’m not specific 😀
MDV / HDV will be the format.
Yes I noticed that prices can vary drastically with different formats.
What are the expectations from a player? What are the “Make sure that you have…” of a player?
In your other post I recommended the Sony GV-HD700 since you were interested in tape based cameras that handled HD in 1080i and DV format. The ‘Clamshell’ as it’s called is a dual purpose player/recorder and monitor with firewire in/out, HDMI out and Analog Component out connections that will allow you to hook it up to nearly whatever you need. Also it runs on either battery or AC power which is great for field work. It’s a Mini-DV based tape deck and will play standard mini dv or mini hdv tapes. At around $1100 US you’re going to be tapped to find a better piece of gear. The only drawback is if you’re working with 720p HD video you can only watch it on the monitor if you shot it in 30p as it does not support recording in 720p format.
It looks like a real nice device considering the price. My God, some extreme prices to be found in that area!
As you might notice; I’m still doing my research. I do got the feeling that I can’t support all my wishes with my current budget. Right now I confer with the lady about the possibilities to expand my budget till $10,000.00 for I really want to get decent and capable equipment that last me a good while.
I’m downloaded some manuals from some camcorders see if it is all in my league and to comprehend with my current knowledge. I think (and hope) I will manage just fine.
Back to the Sony GV-HD700, I think it will be the one to get. Can’t figure out a reason why not.
Just make sure what ever camera you get shoots 1080i HDV and or 480i DV. The HD700 does not support 1080p nor f like Canon cameras use. It will play 720p tapes only if they were shot at 30p.