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Old April 14th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #1
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DVCPRO + MiniDV... Questions

Long story short, I'm looking at a really good deal on a lightly used DVCPRO (25) camera. The problem is, the camera is a bit older and doesn't have a FireWire output. I don't have a DVCPRO deck, and if I have to add one to my setup the deal starts to look (much) less appealing.

This got me thinking... I know Panasonic makes an adapter that fits a MiniDV tape into a DVCPRO deck (AJ-CS455). Would it be possible to use this adapter and a MiniDV tape in the DVCPRO camera, and then play back the tape in a DVCAM or MiniDV deck?

Thanks in advance for any insight on this issue. :)
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Old April 15th, 2006, 02:56 AM   #2
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save yourself the headache mate...

trust me... u dont need any more hassles for this kind of work, let alone trying to work out how your gonna get the footage to the PC to edit.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 01:58 PM   #3
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The local station I shoot for as a stringer is a DVCPro shop. All the edit bays can read MiniDV in the adapter, there is only one deck though that can write to minidv, and that is one in Master control. I would think if the decks can't write to the tape, then there is probably a really good chance the cam won't be able to either...
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Old May 9th, 2006, 03:59 PM   #4
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Interesting idea...

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Long story short, I'm looking at a really good deal on a lightly used DVCPRO (25) camera. The problem is, the camera is a bit older and doesn't have a FireWire output. I don't have a DVCPRO deck, and if I have to add one to my setup the deal starts to look (much) less appealing.

This got me thinking... I know Panasonic makes an adapter that fits a MiniDV tape into a DVCPRO deck (AJ-CS455). Would it be possible to use this adapter and a MiniDV tape in the DVCPRO camera, and then play back the tape in a DVCAM or MiniDV deck?

Thanks in advance for any insight on this issue. :)
The question would be is the camcorder going to record your original in DVCPro format and if so, how will the signal be considering that DVCPro is inherently a metal particle format and mini DV tapes are exclusively metal evaporated. It's certainly something I'd be curious about experimenting with but I wouldn't do anything critical on it without extensive testing.

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Old May 9th, 2006, 08:45 PM   #5
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Forgot to reply... Whoops!

I ended up passing up on the DVCPRO camera, and picked up a JVC DV500 for about the same price. Excellent camera, and it records on MiniDV. :D
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