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Old December 7th, 2003, 06:49 AM   #1
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using a dedicated mini DV player

I have read on some of the threads that most people highly recommend buying a dedicated DV player (if that's your format) for capturing to your computer. Well, I know that makes alot of since because it will save a lot of wear and tear on your camera. However when I have tried to find a cheap DV player, the cheapest that I could find was the sony DSR-11. It was like at least $1500. I had a thought, why not buy a much cheaper mini DV cam and use it as my player for capture? I can get a new miniDV cam for less than 500. It has FW in and out, and s-video which is what I use to connect to my external monitor. Is this a stupid idea? Will the cam wear out much faster than a normal mini DV player? Please help me out here.
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Old December 7th, 2003, 07:40 AM   #2
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Getting a cheap mini DV camera is not a bad idea at all. A lot of people are doing this for the purpose of capturing material to a NLE. Another added benefit is that now you'll have a second camera if you ever need one.

The only caveat to using a camera for capture is that the tape handling mechanisms are not as robust as you would find in a dedicated deck. If you are capturing for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, you would probably be better served by a dedicated deck.

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Old December 7th, 2003, 05:12 PM   #3
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i am lucky, i have a sony-gv-d900 mini-dv deck with a small lcd screen, but if i didn't have that i would just get a low end mini-dv camera and get the extended warranty!

if you wear it out then just get it repaired under warranty.

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Old January 2nd, 2004, 03:28 PM   #4
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Just to note, some tape transports are warranted for only 90 days. Check your manufacturer.

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