mini-DV editing decks?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by GL2, Aug 18, 2008.

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    GL2 Guest

    hi folks,

    got an older GL2 camcorder, which I intend to keep using; but it's stressful
    on the cam to use the VCR features, so I'm wanting to spring for an editing

    i'm wondering if anyone could recommend a decent pro-sumer level playback
    deck for MINI-DV ... 'twould be nice to be forwardly compatible to the newer
    HD / miniDV format as well.

    don't need any fancy capabilities, just forward, rewind, etc with USB & FW;
    something in the $2000 price range would fit nicely.

    any opinions or user testimonials would be great,


    GL2, Aug 18, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Look for a JVC SR-DVM600US (miniDV/DVD/40 GB hard drive).
    B&H has them for $850.00 U.S., less for demo models.
    I've had two of the previous model (miniDV/DVCAM/SVHS only) in student
    edit suites for almost 4 years now and they've been great.
    To future-proof yourself, you're looking at something like the Sony
    HVR-M15U (HDV/DVCAM/miniDV) but, at $1,750.00, it's out of your price
    range :-(

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 19, 2008
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    GL2 Guest

    thanks mike, that's a very versatile machine.
    the only 2 others in my budget range are the SONY HVRM15U ($1900) and
    PANASONIC's AG-DV2500 ($1750); both can play back DVCAM as well as regular
    DV; they seem to be more in the line of professional equipment; the JVC has
    more a "consumer" feel to it. (but tempting, dammit)
    GL2, Aug 19, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I agree that the JVC has more of a consumer feel to it.
    If you can afford it, I'd personally go with the Sony as I've never been
    a big fan of Panasonic decks.
    A friend of mine has the Sony in his post house and is very happy with it.

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 19, 2008
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    P.C. Ford Guest

    Nobody mentioned a DSR 11? Bought it about 18 months ago on Ebay for
    about $1000. Most I've every spent on Ebay. Waiting for it to come
    and check out was ....exciting.
    P.C. Ford, Aug 22, 2008
  6. "P.C. Ford" wrote ...
    Does the DSR-11 meet the requirement for "forward compatible with HD"?
    Richard Crowley, Aug 22, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Technical Details for the SONY DSR-11 DVCAM Digital Videocassette Recorder:
    * Digital Audio - two-channel 48kHz/16-bit or four-channel 32kHz/12-bit
    recording, providing a wide dynamic range & excellent signal-to-noise
    ratio comparable to CD quality
    * DV EE Out - signals from analog input can be converted into digital
    signals & can be simultaneously output from the iLINK connector
    * DV Format Recording & Playback
    * Standard & Mini Cassette support - standard size provides a recording
    time of up to 184 minutes / mini size provides a recording time of up to
    40 minutes
    Mike Kujbida, Aug 23, 2008
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    ushere Guest

    had a dsr11 for years (iin fact since it was released) until last year
    when i went HDV. great deck, but as pointed out, limited to SD, and no
    component out, not that that mattered with fire wire, but it would have
    been nice for monitoring.
    m15 is proving great, reliable, component out, but for some reason no
    hdmi - a pity since that would have made it a fantastic deck for the money.

    ushere, Aug 23, 2008
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