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Old January 15th, 2004, 06:25 AM   #76
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Professionals use a "real" tape deck instead of a camcorder if
they need to read tapes. I just use my camera since I don't
have one, yet. Do keep in mind that recording in LP mode can
be a bit dangerious. A lot of cams have trouble reading that.
For the little extra money I'd always shoot in SP mode (which I do)
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Old January 15th, 2004, 09:55 AM   #77
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Thanxs Rob

Yeah I rarely record in LP mode but when I'm doing a really long conference I sometimes have to. As far as the decks go , I would rather pay just 500 for a small camera to use for capturing and editing then 1000 bucks for a full pro deck but hey thats why I'm freelance, I have to be cheap.
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 01:05 AM   #78
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Playback units? Options?

If not the camera, then what? Not sure what my options are and would appreciate your input. Thanks.
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 08:17 AM   #79
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I record in my XL-1 and play back to the computer or VCRs in my Panasonic AG-DV2000 MiniDV Deck. There are several MiniDV decks available but expect prices of $1000+.
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 01:37 PM   #80
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I priced a JVC DV camera this morning locally at $389. It's tiny, so my wife and kids will love it. Can anyone see how I could go wrong buying this cheap camera for limited family use and as a playback deck? Sure would save some wear and tear on the high end units, wouldn't it?
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 02:39 PM   #81
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That will work and many people have gone this route.
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 04:05 PM   #82
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We have a couple of SONY GVD-1000 decks we use for playback, transfers, logging and field use. Great little units, but quite expensive.
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Old February 4th, 2004, 04:46 AM   #83
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When you guys consider "wear and tear on higher end units." What would you consider as higher-end units? Hmm... I have a GL2, but don't have an additional deck. Am I in trouble?
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Old February 4th, 2004, 10:49 PM   #84
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Tyge, my brother called me yesterday and said there was a Samsung miniDV at Sears on clearance for $300. I don't know how good Samsung is as a cam, but would think it would function nicely as a deck. I'm considering something along those lines myself.

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Old February 4th, 2004, 10:57 PM   #85
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That's the route I think I'm heading toward.

I can't see using these high dollar cameras for a playback unit.

Sears, huh? I'll check that out. We have a regional Sears clearance center locally. I might run over there and take a peak at what they have.
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