Ah yes, the amazingly high


Ah yes, the amazingly high cost of a HD recorder. I will say one thing though, if you go that route, roll tape anyway as a backup. One good thump can kill a hard drive, and then your day (not to mention your reputation) will be totally crapped upon.

I personally didn’t want to spend that sort of money on a tapeless unit myself. My solution is whenever I need to do a recording like that, I bring along a cheap laptop I got for $350 and plug it into the camera. The upside is that it does exactly what the firestore does: record the footage into an instantly editable file. The downside is that even with the extended life battery and turning off every background program I don’t need, I still only get about two and a half hours before the battery is dead, meaning I plug in or die, essentially. Also, you need a place to set the laptop, and rapid movement can be cumbersome.

Anyway, I like the plans. I think you’ve got a lot of potential here.

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