Any reason for a Hi8 CCD VX3? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 16th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Panama
Posts: 14
Any reason for a Hi8 CCD VX3?

Hi guys. I am being offered a free Sony Hi8 CCD VX3 in seemingly good and barely used condition.

I am working on my own television show in Panama, where the broadcast is low quality SD. I am currently using a Canon HFS100, and need an occasional backup camera.

What I'm wondering is with a minimum $200 investment (an elgato device to digitize the footage and I'm thinking Magic Bullet Instant HD) do I stand any chance of being able to intercut short snippets of footage from this camera with my HD from the SF100, considering that the final output will be SD?

Or is this once $3,500 camera basically junk now?
Stuart Hooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 17th, 2009, 12:21 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 385
It's free. What have you got to lose? Why not pick up a cheap Digital8 Sony camcorder and use that to digitize the footage. I'm sure you could find one for less than $200

Not that it matters, but I recall the VX3 having a pretty good lens (for it's time).
Tony Tibbetts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 17th, 2009, 01:03 AM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Posts: 1,259
I have to think you could find a used HDV camcorder for a few hundered bucks, which is about what you're saying the digitizer is going to cost you.
__________________
Avid Media Composer 3.1.3. Boris Red and Continuum Complete. Vegas 8.0c. TMPGEnc Xpress Pro 4.0

Last edited by Peter Moretti; June 17th, 2009 at 01:41 AM.
Peter Moretti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 18th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #4
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Healdsburg, California
Posts: 1,138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tony Tibbetts View Post
Why not pick up a cheap Digital8 Sony camcorder and use that to digitize the footage. I'm sure you could find one for less than $200
.
You're almost guaranteed to spend at least twice that for a D8 that is backwards compatible with analogue medium.

That being the case, if you end up getting a free or super cheap digitizing device, then maybe you could use the free cam for some backup stuff, (having free functioning gear is a great thing if you can it to use) but if you are already considering spending a few hundred bucks, then that cash might be better spent getting a new or slightly used digicam. Even at the low end, and with proper technique, you are likely to have better quality results.

-Jon
__________________
"Are we to go on record, sir, with our assertion that the 'pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers' are, in point of fact', magically delicious?"
- Walter Hollarhan before the House Subcommittee on Integrity in Advertising - May, 1974
Jonathan Jones is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:57 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network