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Old May 29th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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DV to Disk without a laptop ?

I know there are products such as the Firestore, but is there a way to capture video to an external drive from a camera? I am on a really tight budget of course :P
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Old May 29th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #2
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Hi Travis,

Which Cam will you be using, and do you want to record directly to a DVD ???

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Old May 29th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #3
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I will be using a Sony TRV900 and I would like to record directly to a hard drive.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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Just wondering if there are any cheaper devices like the MCE quickstream.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 09:36 AM   #5
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anyone???.........anyone???.....................Beuller???
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:11 PM   #6
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Sorry, but I think you might be out of luck for anything hard-drive related below $1500. I think it would be pretty cool if there was a way to modify one of these external firewire drives like a Western Digital Mybook to utilize battery power and hook it up to your camera, but it might be a little more complicated than that. I'd be curious to learn if there's anything out there myself, so best of luck to you!
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #7
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Yeah thats exactly what I was thinking (about using a external) but wasn't sure if anyone has done the before.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:36 PM   #8
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I don't understand either.
There is software that can do it.
There is hardware that can do it.
But nobody can put it together for under $1,500?

Actually you can get into a Firestore for less, but if you need HD space it's pricey -- which is another curious thing, as HD space is dirt cheap anymore. I just wonder if something political is going on that's holding it back.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #9
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I don't understand either.
There is software that can do it.
There is hardware that can do it.
But nobody can put it together for under $1,500?

Actually you can get into a Firestore for less, but if you need HD space it's pricey -- which is another curious thing, as HD space is dirt cheap anymore. I just wonder if something political is going on that's holding it back.
EXACTLY!! I know there are some sharp people on this board that could come up with something. I'm doing my fair share of research and will let you know what i find, if anything.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #10
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I don't understand either.
There is software that can do it.
There is hardware that can do it.
But nobody can put it together for under $1,500?

Actually you can get into a Firestore for less, but if you need HD space it's pricey -- which is another curious thing, as HD space is dirt cheap anymore. I just wonder if something political is going on that's holding it back.
You're paying the higher price for a few reasons. These inexpensive external drives you pick up at Best Buy or CompUSA are meant to be plugged in to a wall and spend their days sitting indoors on a desk. The hard drives these enclosures contain are the same hard drives you can buy to mount internally further down the aisle. They're not designed to perform in the environment that a professional videographer is often exposed to.

I would never even dream of lugging a book-sized WD Mybook around outside with a camera. The consumer grade hard-drives aren't meant to be jostled around and exposed to varying temperatures. Even if you bought a $100 little 80GB portable hdd and were able to get to work- if you drop it, you're out of luck. Especially if you're out in the middle of nowhere with no backup. The risk of losing the footage is so high that your savings could be negated by a ticked off client- or worse.

Now, these Firestore drives and Sony's DR60 are designed specifically to be used out in the field under all sorts of nasty conditions. Sony's drive is encased inside a rubber housing crammed with sensors and protective measures so that in the event you do drop it or knock it against something, your footage is well-protected. You're paying for the reliability and alleged quality of the drive so that you can have peace of mind when you go off on a shoot. You'll have a piece of equipment that can stand up to varying types of weather and abuse again and again, hopefully for quite some time longer than what it takes to pay for itself.

The only time I could see an inexpensive consumer grade external hard drive being handy for a shoot is if you're in a studio shooting under controlled conditions directly to the hard drive. I could also see bringing a large external hard drive out into the field so you have a place to dump all the footage you shot on your Firestore/DR60/etc...

Just my 2 cents.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 02:39 PM   #11
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Oh yeah I understand completely, but I am not a videographer and will be shooting in controlled environments, mainly inside locations. I'm still on the hunt but would love for someone to shed some light on how to get this running. Hell even if i have to plug it into a drop cord or something thats still ok, as long as i have just that to carry with the camera.

Recently I've been trying to come up with some designs to use with my cameras. I have 2 Sony TRV900's that the heads and pickups are damaged on. I use them as a deck via firewire to two laptops. So I'd like to design something to carry me (dolly and steady cam) and the camera with the laptop attached, or better.....an external drive.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #12
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I agree, Shawn, but I think the WD externals are pretty tough. I dropped one off a table onto tile and it worked fine afterward. Maybe I'm lucky. Certainly I'm a clutz.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #13
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Are you kidding ? The drives used in these devices are the same old plain one you can purchase for 100$ in any computer shop.
Neither sony or firestore are building hard disk for they own use.
The previous sony DSR-DU1 is just using standard hitachi drive.
If you mean that the packaging make the difference, it is expensive to pay 1000$ for some rubber stuff.
There is another simple explanation.
Volume sale.....
the day you will find a taiwanese company selling massively a firewire to sata/ide adapter, price will drop. (the last company (remember the catapult ?)who tried , failed).
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Old June 14th, 2007, 04:47 PM   #14
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Such a product is not just a drive in a case - you need some sort of operating system to make it work. An eprom to boot from. Basically, a low production volume computer in a case.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #15
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Are you kidding ? The drives used in these devices are the same old plain one you can purchase for 100$ in any computer shop.
Neither sony or firestore are building hard disk for they own use.
The previous sony DSR-DU1 is just using standard hitachi drive.
If you mean that the packaging make the difference, it is expensive to pay 1000$ for some rubber stuff.
There is another simple explanation.
Volume sale...
Of course Sony is being supplied hard drives from another manufacturer. It would most likely cost much more if they had to go through the trouble of developing their own- and I agree with you that these particular items carry a heftier price for the additional reason that there's not a huge market for them. Of course, if everyone in the world wanted shock-resistant battery-powered firewire drives, they would undoubtedly be a great deal less expensive.

The Sony DSR-DU1 is also quite a bit different from their HDR-DR60 model- at least from what I've read about it. The DR60 has sensors inside its rubber casing that detect when the drive is falling. When those sensors are tripped, the drive immediately retracts its heads to prevent damage to the platters. This drive also has a 14-second buffer to help prevent further data loss in the event of an accident. Those $100 Hitachi/WD/Maxtor/etc. drives in your local electronics retailer would be well over $100 if they offered that same amount of data protection. Then there is the point that Seth brought up about having a built in operating system. You're paying for an incredibly small package DR60 is 8 oz.) that can not only stand up to some of the abuses of Mother Nature, but it can also communicate back and forth with the camera and with your computer system. Those aren't the only issues, but I think its enough to get my point across. Make no mistake: These "special" drives are extremely expensive! But they do have features and benefits that consumer level drives don't.

Also, Dana, I'm glad your WD drive still works! I think those 1TB Mybook drives are awesome, and I'm itching to get one to store my extraneous files and projects.
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