Any suggestions for a good solution at a good price?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by supertronik, Dec 19, 2005.

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    supertronik Guest


    I am looking to purchase a a couple of direct to disk hard drives an
    looking into the Shining HDV ( for my curren
    Sony Z1 and maybe even the new Shining Citidisk HD for the ne
    Panasonic HVX-200 I have on order. The pricing seems better than th
    Firestore from focus enhancements. From what I was able to glean of
    the specs it seems to be a great solution for the price. I just wan
    to record to disk and that's it. No other special features needed.

    Any suggestions for a good solution at a good price?

    Steve Austin
    supertronik, Dec 19, 2005
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    doc Guest

    we like the firestore FS-4 and FS-4 Pro. work nice :eek:)

    doc, Dec 20, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    I like what the FS-4 does and the user interface, but I would not
    get another one because of the FAN noise and the slow off-load speed.
    Rick Merrill, Dec 20, 2005

  4. I just finished an article for Videomaker featuring direct to disc
    recording and I had both the Citidisk DV and nNovia QuickCapture A2D
    units in the studio and out on field shoots for a month.

    For all HDD units, the key is how much money you want to trade for
    eliminating parts of log and capture in your production flow. I say
    "parts" because used properly they allow you to move your clips directly
    into your timeline after shooting - but remember you still need to watch
    and judge each "take" so what you're really saving is the mostly
    automated batch capture step.

    If your workflow schedule is tight and you have projects backed up - or
    you're spending a lot of time in digitization that you could use more
    productively elsewhere - they make great sense.

    OTOH, you're tying up $1k to $3k in capital to gain that efficiency.
    And you can buy a LOT of tapestock or even a second camera for that!

    Bottom line - IMO, smart investment for some practitioners, not so much
    for others.

    William Davis, Dec 21, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    Thanks for that great summary.
    I notice that only the CitiDisk dv specifies
    speed: "Four times faster than recording speed" which would be 100Mbps
    while the FireWire is 400Mbps.

    HDD cameras are now available - I wonder how fast they can transfer?
    Rick Merrill, Dec 21, 2005
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    Antony Lacey Guest

    Very useful, thanks.

    Just having talks on a project where we were considering all options,
    including hd capture, I think that's made it clearer that a second
    camera would be the better choice for now.

    Maybe later ....
    Antony Lacey, Dec 22, 2005
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    peter Guest

    Could you compare/contrast the sony Z1 and panasonic hvx-200?
    peter, Dec 26, 2005
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    doc Guest

    it is a problem (the fan noise) and if too close to the mic when using
    internal mic records, it CAN be heard humming :eek:(
    doc, Dec 28, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    Solution : get a longer wire ;-)
    Rick Merrill, Dec 28, 2005
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