to get a VTR or get a consumer level mini-dv camera for playback?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by i'm_tired, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. i'm_tired

    i'm_tired Guest

    As the subject line says: I have a dilema. I have the money and am looking
    at a better than average deal on a VTR. It is still a helluva lot of money.
    There are about a half a zillion mini-dv's on Ebay that would probably suit
    my immediate needs (just wanting to keep the playback hours off my VX2000).

    Currently, I'm not a video professional, but I work for some (IT-tech
    working for a multimedia company) and I'm considering making an attempt at
    becoming a video professional. I'll spare you the details, but in the
    spring, I'm planning on actually having a go at it and trying to get paid
    for some video work.

    Is it worth it for a "part timer" to invest in a VTR? - My personality
    dictates that I get the nicest toys I can afford whenever possible. But,
    the older I get, my 'sense of sensibility' muscles into some of my decisions
    and leaves me with dilemas like this one.

    What makes a VTR worth a few thousand dollars? I guesse that is the real
    question. I see some of the video engineers I work near using them all the
    time. I see one of the bosses screaming bloody murder when he catches any
    of the in-house video-geeks using a camera for playback or capture to a
    workstation. I understand that I need to keep the hours off my tape
    transport.... but, what makes a VTR several thousand dollars worth of
    'better than a camera I wasn't going to shoot video with anyway'? - I hope
    this doesn't seem too silly of a question.
    i'm_tired, Feb 29, 2004
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  2. "i'm_tired" wrote...
    The "PC" answer would be that the mechanism in a VCR is
    more robust than what is found in typical camcorders.

    However, the real answer may be that it is merely economics
    and that is what the market will bear. There have been many
    examples of "desktop VCRs" that have exactly the same
    mechanism as is found in a camcorder. Of course, since they
    don't get hauled around and subjected to the temp extremes,
    etc. they may hold up better(?)
    Richard Crowley, Feb 29, 2004
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  3. Check the replies to my similar post from a few weeks back:

    "Camcorder as DV VTR? Other options"

    Damian Bradley, Mar 1, 2004
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