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Sony Hard Drive and Memory Card Recorders
Including the HVR-MRC1K CF Card Recorder, HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recorder and others.


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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Awesome news for canon users

Today at work I tried the memory card recording unit that ships with the Z7U on my canon A1 and it works perfectly! At every frame rate! Tapeless to compact flash was so awesome to use, you have no idea how happy I am.

I never for the life of me thought it would be Sony that delievered the perfect solution for tapeless capture to people that already owned cameras. I played back the footage in both mpeg streamclip and VLC and it was glorious.
The sony rep told me the HVR-MRC1 is gonna be available for sale (in canada) in a couple of months. I have no idea what the price is gonna be but I can't wait to buy it.

The only thing is obivously you need the a sony L battery to power it, but what the hell, beats buying a new cam.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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Today at work I tried the memory card recording unit that ships with the Z7U on my canon A1 and it works perfectly! At every frame rate! Tapeless to compact flash was so awesome to use, you have no idea how happy I am.
I know I am being thick but would you mind explaining a little bit more about what this is eg will bolt onto the A1, what capacity does it have and how much does the media cost.

Actually, why are you so excited about it. Am I missing something?
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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that's nice, did you happen to hear a price on the standalone unit...affordability would make it even nicer!

tapeless to CF in a portable form factor is very good news indeed....
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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #4
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Upon doing some research, the only HDV format will be M2T which sucks for us Mac users.
http://www.dvwonline.com/content/view/615/646/
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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the news Evan. Saw that CF recorder last week and am very interested in it. Do you have to start and stop it manually, or does it sync to the XH-A1 record button?

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Old March 7th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #6
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Upon doing some research, the only HDV format will be M2T which sucks for us Mac users.
http://www.dvwonline.com/content/view/615/646/
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Exactly why is the M2T file format a problem for Mac users?

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Old March 8th, 2008, 05:18 AM   #7
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I too find this very interesting. If it's affordable, I'm probably going to get one. Now I'll need to stack up on 16 GB CF cards too. Oh, well. I can use them for my photography too. Wonder if it can handle larger capacities than 16 GB?
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Going solid state has also a lot of disadvantages.

When filming on tape, you've got the perfect back-up, for once and forever. Whatever goes wrong during you're editing process, the tape is still there as fall back. Even AFTER YEARS !!!

It may be more expensive, but I still prefer to have "hard media" in place instead of files, wandering around on systems. One glitch destroys them all.

In a purely digital workflow, you have to rely on the back-ups of your system. Assuming you make them frequently - any back-up ANY backup might bring you something back you didn't expect.

Even tapeless, you're not going to work for free...how much is your Sont device costing? One high-spec 16GB card? How many will you need of them, to be safe?
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Old March 8th, 2008, 11:19 AM   #9
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You just made my day Evan! I wonder when and how much this unit will be available and go for.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #10
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Exactly why is the M2T file format a problem for Mac users?

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FCP doesn't recognize M2T format. That's Premier.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 04:03 PM   #11
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FCP doesn't recognize M2T format. That's Premier.
I'm not a FCP user, so what do I know? :) But you might be able to either simply rename a m2t file to mpg... or use something like Streamclip to convert to a QT file or whatever.
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Going solid state has also a lot of disadvantages.

When filming on tape, you've got the perfect back-up, for once and forever.
True enough if the choice is one or the other.

But what sets using this device apart from such as an HVX200 or an EX1 is that you can have your cake and eat it, it's solid state (and cheap Compact Flash at that) *AND* tape recording at the same time. The tapeless recording may be much easier download and work with, the tape it's backup and archive for no extra work.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #13
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Can something like that be purchased seperatly? Or is it only included in the kit?
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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:39 PM   #14
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Hey Guys
If this can be purchase separately from the camera and the price is reasonable I be lining up to buy one too.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #15
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How did you connect it to the canon? Via Firewire?

Also what would happen if you call sony and asked to purchase the unit (as if u broke or lost your)
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