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Old June 5th, 2004, 02:59 PM   #1
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Does an external hard drive for capture improve Quality?

Does an external hard drive attached to the camera for capture improve the quality of the film? In other words, if I stop using the miniDV tape in my GL2 and instead record to a product like Quickstream will the image fidelity improve? Is it a viable substitute to a tape deck?
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Old June 5th, 2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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No, it is the same information. Nice alternative to tape but not, potentially, as reliable. Certainly much more expensive on a per-byte basis.
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Old June 7th, 2004, 11:59 AM   #3
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That's right, there's no improvement in quality. Also, generally, it would be a good idea to leave the tape recording even if you are recording to an external device. It's a good form of backup, and provides some peace of mind that in the event of the worst happening and the drive failing, you still have a taped backup.
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Old June 7th, 2004, 08:53 PM   #4
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Good Points

From what I have learned, I am going to get a tape deck.
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Old June 8th, 2004, 07:05 AM   #5
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Why are you going to get a tape deck?
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Old June 11th, 2004, 12:22 AM   #6
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Why tapedeck?

I don't want to kill the heads on my camera and I would appreciate a dedicated machined that is always hooked up and runs faster than a digital camera.
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Old June 11th, 2004, 04:07 AM   #7
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To the best of my knowledge (and I've never used a tape deck)
it will not run faster than a camera will. At least not while
capturing. That's still at 1x speed. Rewinding etc. might be faster,
ofcourse.

The reason I asked was that you wanted to know wheter an
harddisk improved quality. So I was worried you might be thinking
a tape deck might do as well.

Indeed it can be a very good investment to safe your camera's
heads and have a dedicated deck with your NLE and most can
even be used for analog in/out I believe.
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