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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #46
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Hmm. Are their any good options available now that integrate well with the camera? I'm somewhat concerned about having a harddrive running as they seem to break a lot. Any advice?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:10 PM   #47
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The HDD system is rather robust. It's encased to make it a bit more shock proof. Obviously, it isn't as rugged as solid stated, but I've never experienced any problems - and I'm not known for handling my gear that carefully. Just to give you an idea: we rent out the DR-HD100 quite a lot and it hasn't broken up once (and renters are usually known for not respecting fragility of gear).
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #48
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Great. What about the firewire connection, I always hear horror stories of it burning out on a JVC. Does this pose a problem like that and does it get in the way?

That is one of the things I like about the look of the new solid state recorder coming this spring, it seems to actually connect without a wire. I might have that wrong though.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #49
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The SxS recorder still connects by FireWire. The great thing about the HDD and the SxS is that you won't connect your camcorder to your PC anymore (just your card or your HDD), therefor eliminating the possibility to blow your FW-port... Another argument for HDD or SxS
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #50
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Oh! Can the recorder not blow the firewire port on the JVC? If not, that alone is another gigantic benefit! Huh! I'm sold!!
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Old October 28th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #51
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The SxS recorder still connects by FireWire. The great thing about the HDD and the SxS is that you won't connect your camcorder to your PC anymore (just your card or your HDD), therefor eliminating the possibility to blow your FW-port... Another argument for HDD or SxS
If we are talking about this device KA-MR100G, then there is no firewire connection.
The product is indeed attached directly to the back of the camera body.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #52
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And this device will not be out until this spring?
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Old October 28th, 2008, 08:40 AM   #53
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Huh. I realize something, are we talking about two different devices? One that has a harddrive and also records to normal flash cards and the other that records to SXS cards? Did one get dropped for the other?
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Old October 28th, 2008, 08:56 AM   #54
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Actually, originally I was talking about the MR-HD200U JVC News Release - MR-HD200

Is this now not coming out? And if it is coming out, any idea when?

It looks pretty slick.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #55
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According to a JVC product manager attending IBC, both devices will be in the market, and both do not require firewire for connection. It will be a direct connection.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #56
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That is very cool. I understand one will be available this March, do you know when the other, the MR-HD200U, will come about?
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Old October 29th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #57
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The 200 won't come out. It became the new shape of DR-HD100, and it's out now. The SxS recorder is still a few months.

If you want to connect to your current GY-HD200 you'll need firewire for both devices... You indeed mount it between camera and battery plate, but it still needs a video feed. Perhaps with future updates of the GY-HD200 FW will not be necessary anymore, but for now, if you remove the batteryplate, you'll see there's only a power connection - therefore you need firewire anyway.

That said, since you win't be using the firewire for capturing tapes, you won't blow that eitherway.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #58
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Ok, thank you. When you say the new shape of the DR-HD100, does that mean it now mounts directly to the battery plate?

And thank you again for your help. I'm going to order this.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #59
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No, it's still with a bracket behind your battery. The bracket connects to your batteryplate, though...
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Old October 30th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #60
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About blowing the firewire card. Since i received Tim's excellent DVD I've fixed small hinged red plastic cards with a large "'!" on them over both the rear switch and the firewire port so that you have to lift them to either switch or plug the firewire. Old age is hell.....
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