digital camcorder with hard drive: something that can can record 15+continuous hours

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by franzbrown, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. franzbrown

    franzbrown Guest

    I am trying to find a digital camcorder with a hard drive that can
    continuously record for at least 15 hours. Meaning, I press the start
    button and it records for at least 15 hours before it automatically
    stops without erasing the recording.

    I now have the Sony DCR-SR82, and it can only record up to about 13
    hours continuously. When it reaches the maximum, the recording
    stops. I tried another brand before this one, and it stopped at 12
    hours and then erased the recording and started over. Both were in
    recording modes that could go over 15 hours if the camcorder could
    continuously record for that long. Meaning, there was plenty of hard
    disk space. This 12 hour / 13 hour limitation appears to have
    something to do with how the digital recording is stored on the hard

    Does anyone know of a consumer digital camcorder that can continuously
    record for at least 15 hours or more?
    franzbrown, Apr 27, 2008
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  2. franzbrown

    Scubajam Guest

    I don't keep up with HDD or DVD type camcorders, so can't help in that
    respect. However, without more information I'll presume you can run
    wires to the camcorder, as in power. If so, then you should also be
    able to run a video wire out, as through Firewire or another
    connector. If so, you can connect this to a computer, or separate
    specialty drive made for this, and record even more than 15 hours. I
    have not done this so can't help with specifics, but it might open
    another avenue for you to investigate to get what you want. I know
    others have done this. Another avenue is look into security cameras
    and equipment. They regularly record for days. Most can be set to
    record based on motion, every so many minutes or seconds, or
    continuous. For HDD camcorders, the time limitation is based on how
    much compression. The more compression the longer the recording time,
    but the lower the quality. You don't give any more info on quality
    needed, etc.
    Scubajam, Apr 28, 2008
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