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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:27 AM   #1
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simple digital video recorder

So here's the case: we have a video observation system for marketing research use. 5 rooms with a pan/tilt/zoom camera and 5 monitoring rooms for observation of interviews. The interviews are now recorded onto DVD for later showing to the client. The interviews may sometimes take up to 8 hours. So far, so good.

Now in some cases we need to show the client a compilation of the recorded interview sessions. As you all probably well know it is not easy to quickly edit a DVD recording. So I am thinking of adding a digital video recorder that can record in an easy editable format onto flash cards (MPEG-4 perhaps) so I can load the recorded session and quickly make a compilation.

Do you guys (and girls of course) have any suggestions for a good (but not too expensive) recorder. (the camera's are PAL sd by the way) I myself came up with this one:
dcs hqr1 digital video recorder
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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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I'm thinking that it may be easiest to split off an analogue video (and audio) signal to a recordable DVD unit (with an internal HDD). Once the session is over, you can then set the device to burn the content across a DVD or two.

Keeps it nice and simple.

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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #3
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that is in fact the way we do it now, but it is not a very easy way to do a simple montage with a DVD/harddisk recorder. Besides we would have to do the editing in the rooms were also the interviews are monitored. With a simple flash recorder we could take the flash card and do the editing somewhere else.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Would recording straight to the computer (via Firewire) be an option? Use Adobe OnLocation to ingest live, then do your edits, and play out to a DVD recorder to produce a disc.

This would keep your DVD production time to merely 1 x real-time.

Else, invest in a Matrox X.2 real-time hardware card to go with the computer and have accelerated mpeg2 export (faster than real-time) for making a DVD.

As an option, you could use another Matrox hardware solution to quickly pump out a bunch of h264 video files that the client can watch on their computer, bypassing the need for a formalised DVD.

Just depends on how quickly they really do need it, and how much they are prepared to pay what is required for what they want.

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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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How about a device like this:

Video for iphone, Video for iPod. Free video recorder

I have used an iRecordPro for creating mp4 files from a composite or S-video source. You can record to a USB thumb drive. I use a 32 GB Patriot USB thumb drive. I've backed up many old Hi8 tapes using this device, and also some laser disc footage.

The company also makes a lesser model, the iRecord.
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