AG-456 vs AG-DVC7

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by LJ, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. LJ

    LJ Guest

    Hi,

    I have a AG-456 and a AG450 that I use with an MX50a to do live
    recordings of bands and small events. Being that I do live switching, I
    do little post editing. (Vegas).

    I usually use these 2 cams and run s-video to the mx-50a and then
    s-video out to a DVD Recorder. I use dedicated mics for audio.

    I am wondering how the AG-DVC7 compares to the AG-456.

    Any major advantages other than digital tape?

    When I'm ready to switch to heavy post editing, I'll go for a 3 ccd
    cam.

    Being that I record direct to DVD,

    does anyone think it's worth it to replace the AG-400 Series with the
    entry level AG-DVC7?

    Thanks.
    LJ
     
    LJ, Jun 29, 2006
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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    It has been a long time since we had any 456 camcorders so I would
    really have to do some research to find the exact specifications to
    make a direct comparison.

    Other than just recording to digital tape, digital offers vastly
    superior video and audio. The camcorder section is vastly superior
    with a much newer generation CCD that has a higher pixel density. I
    don't know the exact specs. The error correction and image
    stabilization are much better, you have an LCD side-mount viewfinder,
    firewire out and a number of other features. It will give you a better
    picture out overall including low light. It's much lighter-weight of
    course.

    If you're doing any editing you will get a better result going to tape
    than DVD. There are a number of other things I haven't mentioned but
    you get the idea. Still, I would suggest renting a unit if you can and
    shooting like scenes and comparing them side-by-side. That will help
    you decide better than any rundown of features.

    Alternatively you might look at what you can find in a good used 3-chip
    model.

    Craig

    http://www.pro-tape.com
     
    Mr. Tapeguy, Jun 30, 2006
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  3. LJ

    LJ Guest

    Thanks for your insights.

    Lj



     
    LJ, Jun 30, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    I'm not a pro, so I've been reluctant to jump in to this discussion.
    However, I used had an AG-456 and AG-455 that I used for several years to do
    a live-switched multi-camera shoot. The last year I did the production, I
    added my then-brand-new Sony VX2000 to the mix. There was, frankly, no way
    that a good digital camera was going to blend with the other cameras on the
    shoot. The 456 was good for what it was, when it was, but there's simply no
    comparison between its sharpness and resolution and that of a good digital
    machine.
     
    PTravel, Jun 30, 2006
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    doc Guest

    Excellent idea. We've used the DVC60 which is a sister to the DVC7 and have
    produced television programs with them.

    DrD
     
    doc, Jun 30, 2006
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