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Old April 19th, 2005, 01:03 PM   #1
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DVCAM Playback?

Hey, I'm looking to upgrade from my current PDX10 to the FX1 (It should be noted I can't afford the Z1U.)

I won't miss the XLR inputs too much, and I don't mind the lack of DVCAM recording. My question is--I have a good 30 or 40 tapes recorded in DVCAM. Any chance the FX1 can play back DVCAM tapes? Has anyone tested this? I want to get the camera, but it would be a bit of a pain if I lose the ability to play back my DVCAM tapes. If worst comes to worst, I'll buy a cheap DVCAM compatable deck, but it would be a plus if the FX1 could play back the old DVCAM tapes. Thanks in advance for helping me out on this one!
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Old April 19th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #2
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Nice to know. Note that all most any Sony DV device will play back a miniDVCam tape -- other than the two models that predated the release of the DVCam format. So if the FX1 won't do it, just buy any old Sony DV camcorder.

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Old April 19th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #3
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Nice to know. Note that all most any Sony DV device will play back a miniDVCam tape -- other than the two models that predated the release of the DVCam format. So if the FX1 won't do it, just buy any old Sony DV camcorder.

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Sorry if I sound incompetent... but what's nice to know?
I didn't really think I gave any information, I asked a question...

It sounds like you're saying that the FX1 should play back the mini DVCAM tapes. Can you (or someone else) confirm this? Thanks in advance (again)
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Old April 19th, 2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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Sorry for the vague speak. I meant [it would be] 'nice to know' [about the FX1]. The only information I _can_ offer is that almost all Sony DV camcorders will play DVCam -- whether the FX1 can be added to that list ... would be nice to know!

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Old April 19th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #5
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Sorry for the vague speak. I meant [it would be] 'nice to know' [about the FX1]. The only information I _can_ offer is that almost all Sony DV camcorders will play DVCam -- whether the FX1 can be added to that list ... would be nice to know!

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Thanks for the clarification!

Can anyone here confirm whether the FX1 can play DVCAM?
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Old April 29th, 2005, 12:33 AM   #6
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YES IT CAN!! I have an FX1E (PAL) and it plays back DVCAM no problems!
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Old April 29th, 2005, 06:04 AM   #7
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YES IT CAN!! I have an FX1E (PAL) and it plays back DVCAM no problems!
Thanks for clearing that up! It's good to know! Now, just to save up $3200, and pick up m FX1 :D
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