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Old December 30th, 2002, 03:17 PM   #1
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Does anyone use a DV tape reader to transfer information to their computers? I really do not want to burn out the motor of my GL2 just transfering information to a PC. I had heard there was one by Sony called the GVD-900DV but I could not find any information about it on thier website.
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Old December 31st, 2002, 06:31 AM   #2
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Sony does make the device you want - one of them being described on the B&H site as "GV-D1000 Mini DV VCR Video Walkman With 4" LCD Screen, Analog and Firewire In/Output, Memory Stick Slot ".
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Old December 31st, 2002, 09:36 AM   #3
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I was looking for the same thing but every DV 'deck' seems to be too expensive for my purpose.

Shouldn't it be the guts of a dv camera without the optics and cost about $200. I don't need a screen or any fancy controls, my NLE takes care of that, just a quality rugged player with a firewire port.

No one seems to have built one yet. Any mech/elec engineers out there??

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Old December 31st, 2002, 12:59 PM   #4
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So many people do use their cameras that the number of decks sold is relatively small.

That said, decks normally have a much more robust mechanical structure than a camera. Frequently they have much better electronics as well since the weight and power restrictions don't apply.

People do buy low-end camcorders to use as a deck and get the added benefit of a second backup camera.
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Old December 31st, 2002, 01:41 PM   #5
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Gary,

Do you have a budget in mind?

There are several different routes you could go, based upon how much money you wanted to spend.
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Old January 1st, 2003, 07:04 PM   #6
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Have not really thought about budget. Was basically looking to see what was out there.
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Old January 1st, 2003, 07:10 PM   #7
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I like the GV-D1000 but could do without the 4" LCD screen. I would really like something a bit cheaper than that. basically I just want a read-only system with a firewire interface that I can use to read the tapes into my computer.
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Old January 7th, 2003, 10:58 PM   #8
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Here's one concern i had. I have an xl-1s and an elura 40mc. If i use the elura as my deck will there be any loss of quality or is it the same since it is digital coming right from the tape? Thanks.
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Old January 8th, 2003, 12:45 AM   #9
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You're OK. No loss of quality will happen.
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Old January 9th, 2003, 12:35 PM   #10
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I too was thrown back by cost of decks and opted for a second cam, so I shoot on my GL2 and use a ZR45 for editing. The ZR45 comes in handy for quick off the cuff kind of shooting around th ehose too where I would not normally want to break out the GL2. Of for going places where the GL2 is not put at risk. Sure a DV deck has better tape path mechanics, but I am not a pro so the second cam option was a win-win for me.
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Old March 1st, 2003, 08:48 AM   #11
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Pinnacle Systems sent me a interesting email a few weeks ago asking me to participate in a survey. I did. The questions related to how much I would be willing to pay and what features I wanted in an internal-mount, PC-based MiniDV tape drive.

It's the first time recently that I've seen a vendor looking in to this.

I do see some advantages to using a low-end camcorder for this purpose, but the truth is that I just want to avoid hauling out the GL2 just to grab a clip off a tape when I'm editing. I'd like to see tapes in my GL2 just once, when I'm shooting. The result would be a lot less wear and tear on the GL2's mechanism and a lower risk of recording problems in the future.

I was drooling over the Sony GV-D1000, though...
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Old March 1st, 2003, 05:28 PM   #12
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that would be sweet!
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Old June 19th, 2003, 06:46 PM   #13
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PC-based MiniDV tape drive

Has anyone heard of a PC drive for miniDV tape reading?
I would buy one that would read tapes at 2x or faster.
This would save me a lot of babysitting since my audio
and video editors slow down with larger files. I like
to keep the AVI files under 2 GBytes.

Generally, I use my VX-2000 for recording and do any
TV playback or PC capture with my older, cheaper JVC.
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Old April 24th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #14
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Just checking...

Hey, new to this board. I came across it by searching for minidv reader. I am looking for the same as this starter.... a minidv tape reader download to computer... don't need a display just a USB 2.0 or firewire port. If anyone knows of one of these please let me know.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 04:06 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Vince Denali
Has anyone heard of a PC drive for miniDV tape reading?
I would buy one that would read tapes at 2x or faster.
This would save me a lot of babysitting since my audio
and video editors slow down with larger files. I like
to keep the AVI files under 2 GBytes.

Generally, I use my VX-2000 for recording and do any
TV playback or PC capture with my older, cheaper JVC.
Sony made a DV tape-drive for a PC, called the DVR-1000, but discontinued it a few years ago. I don't think they sold very many of them. Someone recently posted a message on this forum about having a problem with one of them. You'd think that some company would make an internal DV/HDV drive, for both PC and Mac, as it should be a very popular item. For all the many home users who will be getting HDV camcorders, it would a good way to be able to edit and copy and keep the total cost down. Throw in a blue-laser DVD recording drive, along with all the needed software and the package could be a winner.

Perhaps when Microsoft's Vista OS is implemented, there'll be some computers that are bundled with all these things and not go over the $1,500 to $2,000. U.S. price range.

The cheapest DV tape player available now, is still one of the bottom-end camcorders that may sell for about $300. The lowest price for a DV VCR is about $700., for a JVC HR-DVS3U. It is a dual-deck with S-VHS on the other side.
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