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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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HV30 as a Deck Question

I am planning on buying the HV30 for a deck. I have looked at the specs and do not see a firewire port on the HV30. Is there one? If not, how are you guys connecting to your computer?

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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #2
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There is a firewire port. It's covered near the battery compartment.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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It has FireWire Port

It has FireWire Port (=IE1394).
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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It also has an HDMI port in the same area. A very nice feature and option for this level of camera.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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See attached grab from owner's manual -- circle #13 -- click to see it big.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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does anyone know if i would get better quality from importing from the HDMI output rather than the HDV/DV firewire. Ide be using it as a deck also for my A1
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 02:37 PM   #7
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Not better quality, necessarily, but a better codec. You'd need a way to digitize HDMI, which requires additional hardware, but it's inexpensive as video gear goes. BlackMagic makes the Intensity, which starts around $249 USD and goes in a desktop computer. Then, you get the choice to digitize to whatever codec you choose. This is beneficial when you need an I frame codec for use in effects or other compositions, where additional rendering passes will be involved. I frame codecs are also generally less demanding on the processor, freeing up cycles to handle other stuff.
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does anyone know if i would get better quality from importing from the HDMI output rather than the HDV/DV firewire. Ide be using it as a deck also for my A1
No.

Once the images are on tape, they are stored as HDV. So you can't gain quality by extracting them in a different way.

Recording live is a different matter.

If you have a means of capturing 1080p images, you can bypass the tape/HDV stage completely.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 01:30 PM   #9
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You should have no problems. I use my HV-30 as a deck to my laptop in the field.


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I am planning on buying the HV30 for a deck. I have looked at the specs and do not see a firewire port on the HV30. Is there one? If not, how are you guys connecting to your computer?

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