Should I fix XL1s firewire port of just buy a cheap camcorder for feeding tapes into computer?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ded, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Ded

    Ded Guest

    Dear Group,
    I'm going back and forth on whether or not I should have my
    broken XL1s firewire port fixed or just buy a cheaper camcorder for
    feeding the tapes into the computer. I know price wise, it would be
    much cheaper to buy a cheaper camcorder, but are there other
    advantages to getting the firewire port fixed? All suggestions are
    welcomed. Thanks.
    Ded, Feb 27, 2007
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  2. Alas, you could most likely buy another cheap camcorder
    for less than it would cost to get the XL1 fixed.

    I can think of several advantages for buying a second, cheap

    1) Avoids the expense (likely greater) of fixing the XL1
    2) Reduces wear-n-tear on the XL1 for shooting only and
    not also for capture
    3) Gives you an extra camera for getting "B-roll" shots
    which make for much more interesting video programs,
    even of birthday parties and wedding anniversaries. :)

    There are probably other arguments I can't think of at the
    Richard Crowley, Feb 27, 2007
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  3. Ded

    Ded Guest

    Thanks, that helps alot!
    Ded, Feb 27, 2007
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    xeaglecrest Guest

    Just curious, do you know what zapped your firewire port? I had my
    camcorder plugged into my computer the other day and suddenly, the
    audio card with built in firewire port, went out. After getting a
    new audio card and a separate firewird card, I discovered that the
    camcorder firewire port is now dead. After learning it would be a
    minimum of $200 to fix, I decide to go the separate camcorder route,
    and just use the original for recoding.
    xeaglecrest, Feb 27, 2007
  5. Ded

    Ded Guest

    Sorry, I'm not sure, I bought it used, and the port was already bad
    when I bought it.
    Ded, Feb 28, 2007
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    Ty Ford Guest

    I did try this once and did a 2 camera shoot. The cheap camcorder image was
    pretty nasty compared to my XL2. I never was able to get them to look close
    to the same.


    Ty Ford

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    Ty Ford, Feb 28, 2007
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    S. Whitmore Guest

    That's when you throw the B-roll footage through a few filters to make
    it look "stylized" (i.e., intentional). ;-)
    S. Whitmore, Feb 28, 2007
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