I have 3 discs of XDCAM HD footage which I need transferred to a hard drive, but I do not have access to an XDCAM camera or reader. Is there a more accessible camera/reader that would be able to make the transfer? Or does anyone know of a NYC-based rental house or private renter who may be able to assist?
There's the Sony PDW-U1 for about $3000.
In my post work I've send clients to AbelCine in NYC for XDCAM disc transfers http://www.abelcine.com/store/home.php
Anecdotally they gave one of my clients a really low price because they used a piece of rental gear that was free that day rather than booking a room with a deck/reader.
Great, thanks Craig! I just spoke to Abelcine and they have a few PDW-U1s available for a very affordable rental rate ($100/day, no insurance needed). FYI they can do the transfer themselves, but at a much higher rate ($150/hour of footage). Very helpful -- thanks again!