I have the opportunity to purchase a used DigiBeta machine (DVW500) on pretty favorable terms. My question is do you think, given the changing broadcast landscape, that investing in DigiBeta is a wise decision.
That's the quick, general version of my question. Specifically, I don't need a DigiBeta machine, I'd like one. I'm a Director/DP and edit primarily for myself; personal projects, spec jobs, demo reels, that sort of thing. I do have a couple of paying editorial clients but they seem fine with the Beta SP quality I've been delivering. I can't afford to invest in high end HD equipment but feel I need to begin moving away from the analogue world. The DBeta offer is tempting but perhaps some of you might have other thoughts about going digital; DVCPro 50, Digital -S, DVCAM. Anyone care to weigh in on this?
Just do some simple math and work out whether it's worth the purchase. i.e.
How much to rent a deck?
How much to buy the deck?
How often do you actually receive Digibeta tapes?
How often do you need to layback to Digibeta?
If it's something you would use on a daily basis then it'll probably pay for itself. If you only use it once a month it's probably better to rent.