DV to DV transfer quality - device independant?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by franklin.sr, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. franklin.sr

    franklin.sr Guest

    Is the quality of transferring DV footage from one cam to another
    independant of the equipment?

    Meaning using a $20,000 deck or a $400 deck should make no difference
    right? It's a bit for bit transfer from one to the other, it either
    gets there or it doesn't. There's no conversion, just a straight pass
    through from one to the other.

    I want to duplicate 30 one hour tapes and was quoted $1800 AUD.

    For that I could just buy a decent second camera and do it myself. That
    is if my premise of the quality of the transfer being independant of
    the equipment is correct..

    (can't use DV out to the pc as it's broken on my current cam)

    Anyone know?
    franklin.sr, Sep 6, 2006
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  2. franklin.sr

    G Hardy Guest

    It is independent of device. You'll need at least one DV-in camera. You can
    either go to PC and back to a blank tape in the same camera, but it's
    quickest (for you) to go camera to camera. The guy at the other end will
    still need to capture the copies, though, so overall it's not much quicker.

    The cheapest way is also the best way for collaborative editing. Capture the
    tape and (assuming full tape in SP mode) split the resulting AVI into three
    AVIs. Burn each to a DVDR and send those.

    The guy at the other end just copies the files and reconstructs an exact
    duplicate of your captured AVIs, meaning you can now share your editing
    project files. This isn't easy to do with tape, because it's very much
    hit-and-miss trying to get your captures to cover the same frames.
    G Hardy, Sep 6, 2006
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