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Old August 21st, 2002, 09:51 PM   #1
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Panasonic AG-DV2000 black & white feature saves on render time

For all of you that want black & white footage but don't want to wait to render in post, the Panasonic AG-DV2000 has the ability to toggle between color and b/w playback. It's a time saver!
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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:22 PM   #2
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Just about the only feature missing from this great deck is an automatic latterboxing of 16:9 video (only the Sony DSR30 can do that). The Panasonic AG-DV2000 gets my vote as DV deck of choice.
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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:30 PM   #3
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where is this toogle on the ag dv 2000 ?

i have one in front of me now !

does this work with a DV tape in deck over firewire to computer ?
or is it thru analog input/output ?

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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:32 PM   #4
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I've been using a DV2000 in my edit suite for a couple of years. It is indeed a pretty good deck. Mine isn't perfect, though. I've had it eat a couple of full size DV tapes, and I occasionally get a video drop (that won't repeat at the same spot on the tape). Professional cleaning didn't help. Maybe this is just part of the wonderful world of DV!
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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:49 PM   #5
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Color - B/W switch

This conversion is performed with the remote only. You must access the menu system and find the Color Mode selection. The steps are at the top right of p. 21 in the manual. Further reading indicates that you can also record in B/W as well.
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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:55 PM   #6
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Mechanical Problems

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Howdy. I have not experienced a tape being misfed yet, but have encountered the dreaded square artifacts. I'm not sure whether this occured in the tape stock itself, the camera or if it is the deck. On a few occasions there have been temporary artifacts and after stopping and and engaging play again they were gone. It is the wonderful world of DV. Enjoy!!
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Old August 21st, 2002, 11:19 PM   #7
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Yeah, it's frustrating. I get a few drops from my XL-1, but have also gotten some from the DV2000 that weren't on the tape (they're typically both A/V). Some last 2-3 frames. The ones from the DV2000 are actually the best ones, if there is such a thing, because I can recapture the screwed up part and frame-match in FCP to eliminate them.

I've never had the deck eat a mini-DV, but it's happened a few times with a full size cassette I've had sitting on-end on the shelf. In most cases, it took *many* attempts to finally get the deck to eject the tape, and in one recent case, it really screwed up the tape. I was able to successfully open the cassette and make a repair, which was fortunately at the start in my usual 20 seconds of black.
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