HDV Hard-disk options?
by Chris Browne on Mar 11, 2008 at 6:58:52 am
I've recently purchased a Sony HDR-FX1 and am pretty happy with the camera. Unfortunately the interlacing causes frame drop-outs to be fairly distasterous long pauses. I was wondering if anyone here had any experiance with a portable hard disk or hard drive system with an HDV camera. Any suggestions of something that would be effective for 1080i and wouldn't completely destroy my budget.
Re: HDV Hard-disk options? by Jeff Carpenter on Mar 11, 2008 at 2:35:18 pm
Not that I'm trying to keep you from getting a hard drive (it's a good idea) but may I ask what kind of tapes you are using?
I ask because I haven't had any drop-outs with my V1Us using either Sony HDV tape or DVCAM tape. I did some early tests with different pro-DV tapes and did get drop-outs a fair amount.
So I wonder if you could perhaps improve your tape experiences. Even if you do get a hard drive you may need to shoot tape for some reason some day, and it would be nice to be able to trust that if you need it.
I would avoid the Shining Technologies Citidisk at all costs. I've yet to see a constantly functioning unit.
Sony, Firestore, Nnovia...all good products. The Convergent Designs product is a good one, and now that Sony is releasing their CF drive...that's another good option.
Douglas Spotted Eagle
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