miniDV to miniDV - Rapid copy

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by fbnewtz, Nov 16, 2006.

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    fbnewtz Guest

    We are setting up a video site for high school sports news. We are
    recording games to miniDV with various different cameras and will want
    to get a copy of this to our video producer, without giving him the
    original. So what would be the most efficient way to get this over to
    him for editing? We will be wanting to go live with the edited video
    ASAP after the game, so speed is of the utmost importance, with the
    least reduction of quality, of course.

    He will be using a mac to edit and produce the videos. We don't want
    to just rip the whole video to the computer because there will only be
    certain plays that are required. Is there a miniDV to miniDV copy
    device that can copy at high speed?


    fbnewtz, Nov 16, 2006
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    Larry in AZ Guest

    Not that I've heard of.
    Larry in AZ, Nov 16, 2006
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  3. "fbnewtz" wrote ...
    There was a special editing computer system (PC based)
    that could capture DV at 4x normal speed, but it was
    *very expensive*, priced for the breaking news business.
    Else, no real solution to your direct question.

    OTOH, it doesn't take much of a computer to capture
    DV via Firewire directly during the game. You could
    get some older computers that have been replaced with
    new models and just run DVIO or some (free) software
    on them to directly capture the video to a hard drive.

    I like using bare hard drives and those USB2 to IDE
    "adapter cables" as external storage. Ultra cheap and

    An old 40GB drive would hold the entire game
    from one camera. They hardly sell hard drives that
    small anymore. I'd go out and encourage my friends
    to upgrade their computers/hard drives and donate
    the old hardware.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 16, 2006
  4. Ah yes, the Sony ES-3 and ES-7 :)
    And in that regard: you could also record straight to
    a Firestore or similar hard-drive, from your camera.
    That material is easy to duplicate, and you still have
    the original, and can playback from the drive.


    Martin Heffels, Nov 16, 2006
  5. "Martin Heffels" wrote ...
    Agreed. But I was attempting to suggest a low-cost
    alternative. I'm still waiting for the Firestore products
    to come down to a "popular price".
    Richard Crowley, Nov 17, 2006
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    Bob A Guest

    Very simple - just firewire a cheap DV cam as a backup recorder. Its
    tape will be identical to the main cam's tape and ready the instant the
    event is over.
    Bob A, Nov 17, 2006
  7. Or use a laptop with firewire and Dv rack or one of the shareware tape
    logging programs, then use the laptop's drive for your edit source.
    nobody special, Nov 17, 2006
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    Benjm Guest

    You can also look around for MiniDV tape decks and record it from the
    camera onto a blank MiniDV tape in the deck.
    Benjm, Nov 19, 2006
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