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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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camcorder/deck for SD video

Hey guys my JVC HR-DVS2 deck is about tore up.

I'm wanting to replace it with something low cost to get me by for a little while.

I am needing to be able to play and record SD 4:3 and 16:9 to this deck through firewire.

The Sony DCR-HC28 Mini DV Camcorder ($189 at B&H) I believe will do what I need but wanted to get ya'lls expert opinion.

So what would ya'lls choice be on a cheap deck/camera?

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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:25 PM   #2
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There isn't really a cheap deck. The DSR-11 retails for ~$1800 and can be obtained used for ~$1100....
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply but that's more machine than I need for just SD video. Got to have something lower cost so I can buy some other things too. ha ha
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Old May 21st, 2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for your reply but that's more machine than I need for just SD video. Got to have something lower cost so I can buy some other things too. ha ha
That's the point really - decks are pricey. The inexpensive option is a low-end/used camcorder rather than a deck, such as the one you mentioned.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 12:59 AM   #5
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Thanks for your reply but that's more machine than I need for just SD video. Got to have something lower cost so I can buy some other things too. ha ha
I understand being on a budget, but there's really no DV deck that is more robust and responsive than a DSR-11. For instance, if you try to batch capture
using a camcorder like the one you mentioned (or most all camcorders for that matter) you'll realize they aren't designed for such a thing because the transports are just doga**'d slowww and most of the time can't find preroll and/or in points. You'll forget about trying to batch & just do straight captures. Then again, if you don't need batch capability, then my point is moot.
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