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Old September 7th, 2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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Sony Mini-DV Player/Recorder for PC

I seen a Mini-DV player/recorder that fitted into a 5 1/4" bay on a PC recently on Ebay. I believe it was made by Sony.

I have searched the net looking for this item without success, does anyone know if Sony still make this product.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 11:18 AM   #2
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Try this link:

Sony DRV-1000P

I am sure it has long been discontinued by Sony.

There's even a link here to a PDF!
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Old September 8th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Martin,

It would have been a useful addition on the PC.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 01:26 PM   #4
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I remember when DVCAM first came out, one of the things Sony hyped was those drives. I havenít heard anything about them for years.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 02:17 PM   #5
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at the time it was available, it was a bit too soon (NLE on pc was not affordable) and the drive was very expensive.

It is strange than since PC price goes low and probably technology would allow to produce such drive for half the price of a cheap camcorder , that nobody at Sony wakes up and revive the product, they would have sold thousand of them in a snap without impacting the camcorder market.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 03:02 PM   #6
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I got one about 6 months ago on ebay, it works great. It is basically a seperate device from your computer, just uses your computer power. The firewire jack on the back just plugs into your firewire card in your computer. It has analog jacks on the back you can run out to a monitor if you wish.
Here is a picture of mine.

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http://www.digitaliso.ca/drv1000-2.jpg
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Old September 15th, 2005, 04:14 PM   #7
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Well, If anyone has noticed, there is not much demand for Mini-DV or DVCAM VCRs, or at least for under $1,000. I have the Sony GVD-1000 I use for Mini DV, and I use my camera for DVCAM. I think part of this is because consumers all play back in the camera, and with the limited number of passes Mini-DV is not a viable replacement for VHS. Though it also might be Hollywood worried about bootlegging. :)
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