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Old April 13th, 2006, 12:12 PM   #1
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Firestore / Cinedisk with Z1

Has any one experience with Firestore HD or CineDisk HD Hard Disk Recorders for HDV?
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Old April 13th, 2006, 12:40 PM   #2
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FS-4 Pro HD

I have a Z1 with the FS4-Pro HD. I have been pleased so far. i have read some complaints about quirky behavior, but I have not experienced any of that yet. I have had it for about a month now and use it 2-3 times a week for a couple of hours at a time.
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Old April 13th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Scott,

What I have gathered so far was mostly complaints. That is why I posted the question here.
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Old April 14th, 2006, 11:59 AM   #4
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User error on most issues. We just purchased 3 Firestores FS4pros with hd an use them with our sony hd cameras(fx1 & z1) with no problems.

We have recorded about 200 hrs on all 3 with only one error and that was due to someone accidently pulling out the firewire cable.

Keep in mind, these units do not replace tape. I would recommend that you always use tape as a backup to the firestore unit for mission critical footage.

We use the pyro dv drive for SD and I like them better do to the size and weight of the unit. The firestore has better options for playing back the clips once your done recording. We always have a laptop on site so playback isnt an issue with the pyros.

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Old April 15th, 2006, 10:16 PM   #5
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Thanks Jon,

I intend to use the drive for my HDV work. It is nice to know that the units are working as advertised in their site.
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Old April 17th, 2006, 12:20 AM   #6
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Scott/Jon

How do you mount the firestore unit to the camera ?
Just the standard way - right up top?
Do you know of other brackets/options you recommend.

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Old April 17th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #7
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We do mounting via our own brackets. Some of my shooters mount it to the tripod. I tend to want it to be mobile.

Here is a link to a post about the bracket

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=43420


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Old April 17th, 2006, 01:39 PM   #8
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I bought the accesory from Focus. it is a hotshoe mount adapter for the FS-4. It works very well and comes with 2 firewire cables. 1 right agle one and 1 regular.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 06:43 PM   #9
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Thanks guys ! Great idea.

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