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Old September 28th, 2004, 09:28 PM   #1
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What Deck do you use?

Hi folks, I didn't find this question anywhere recently so I thought I would ask. I've just got a new DVX100A and I really don't want to use it to move tape into my computer.

What decks do people like? Model numbers please.

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Old September 29th, 2004, 07:20 AM   #2
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I have a JVC SR-VS30E. It handles MiniDV and VHS tapes as well.
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Old September 30th, 2004, 02:50 AM   #3
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Well, it depends on budget you have for deck. I am using "el cheapo" JVC miniDV camcorder (around 300$) for capture and no problems so far. It's useless for me to buy 1000$+ machine just for capturing and exporting projects to miniDV.
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Old September 30th, 2004, 02:12 PM   #4
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I just recently bougth a Sony DCR-HC20 that I got for vacation cam/capturing cam. I'm actually suprised at the playfunctions speedsl, it does quite well overall, especially for $400. (BestBuy, plus i got a $100, 4 or 5 year extended warranty)

The only negative of it is that it's bottom loading for the tapes, but that's not a problem for me at all.
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Old October 1st, 2004, 06:07 PM   #5
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If you are loading a lot of tape and SMPTE TC is important, the
sony DSR-25 is a good deck. However, for the money, you may asa well purchase a direct to disk recording system and just use your tapes for backup. This way, there is no chance for drop-out and the cost will be about the same (maybe even cheaper). Check out the firestore FS3 and FS4.
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