Adapt Sony Camera to Panasonic Dock?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Scott Cooper, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Scott Cooper

    Scott Cooper Guest

    Does anyone know if it's possible to get an adaptor to dock a Panasonic
    AG-7450 (SVHS) to a Sony DXC-537, 637 or a BVP 70?

    Scott Cooper
    Seehorse Video
    Scott Cooper, Jul 8, 2004
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    You need an adapter. Sony made 'em, but not very many of them. It's a
    CA-514, I think. Check that with Sony before you go out and buy one.

    They were about $1200 when they were new.

    Unless you absolutely need the mobility, you'd be better off getting the
    stand-alone CA-537 back and using a table-top deck. There's really nothing
    special about that deck.

    Steve Guidry, Jul 8, 2004
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  3. Take a look at JVC's professional division website or talk to a
    large pro video dealer about this. I have a recollection that JVC made
    a DV dockable VTR that may have been usable on the Sony cameras you
    mentioned. You'd get much better performance from those good-quality
    cameras with a DV, than an S-VHS recorder. Of course, if you just want
    to use equipment you have on hand, that's another matter.

    There's a lot of production houses that have had their service
    techs make docking or stand-alone adaptors from scratch for uses like
    this. For older equipment, that's sometimes the only way to make a
    camera and VTR compatible, if the stock adaptors are no longer
    available. I did this once, by buying the service manuals for both
    units. If I'd known how much time and effort it would take, I'd never
    have started. To my surprise, it actually worked.

    Steve McDonald
    Steve McDonald, Jul 8, 2004
  4. Scott Cooper

    Scott Cooper Guest

    Unfortunately for my aplication DV isn't an option. Here's the situation;
    we videotape Arabian horse shows and the competitors in the various classes
    come to our booth to reserve their performance. We'll have anywhere from
    4 - 15 cameras available to shoot individual competitors in a class; those
    competitors want their competition in VHS. Therefore, the cameras MUST be
    able to shoot that class in VHS.

    Someone mentioned earlier using a tabletop VCR, well, yes it works, but it
    introduces more chance of failure. When we've used a separate recorder we
    start having problems with operators not starting their recorder. That gets
    us an unhappy customer and costs us $80 each time it happens. When we're
    having up to 1,500 individual tapes being made anything that increases the
    odds of a mistake is, as they say, "a bad thing."

    Using all docked/camcorder cameras the problems are VASTLY reduced, instead
    of averaging a mistake every couple of days per camera we get maybe a
    mistake a month among ALL the cameras.

    Currently we've got a bunch of Panasonic Supercams (DP800), several
    Panasonic F565/7450's and a couple of Panasonic F700/7450's, studio
    viewfinders and rear lens controls for all. I've always preferred the Sony
    cameras to Panasonic, and I DO have a Sony DVCAM that outshoots all the
    others, but I get into the "separate recorder" problem. I'm finding that
    the Supercam's don't live that long and they're not as good as I'd prefer.

    Scott Cooper
    Seehorse Video
    Scott Cooper, Jul 8, 2004
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Check out the JVC X-3 cameras. They're pretty good, and reasonably rugged.

    Steve Guidry, Jul 8, 2004
  6. Scott Cooper

    Scott Cooper Guest

    I've used a JVC X2B before, it wasn't the most satisfactory beast, the
    quality was close to the Supercam, but the thing always fast-forwarded the
    tape by 5 seconds when it was inserted, causing problems when you had to
    record a second class on a tape at a later time. Has JVC fixed this problem
    with the X3? I've never used one.

    Scott Cooper
    Scott Cooper, Jul 8, 2004
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    I haven't done that with the X-3 - - re-insert it and test it for fast

    The X-3 is a smaller, somewhat lesser camera than the X-2, JVC's answer to
    the supercam. We use them to record depositions and other stuff that has to
    be on VHS.

    Steve Guidry, Jul 9, 2004
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