I recently acquired a used Sony DXC-537A with a PVV-3 VTR from a Television Station, and I would like to know the overall image quality that this camera can produce,as well as its capabilities since i will be using this camera to shoot various projects as a hobby. The camera has 2007 Hours, Head has 716 Hours and tape has 320 Hours.
Reviews and tips on how to maintain this camera will be greatly appreciated.
Low hours for head, it should have at least 1000 hours to go!
Sony DXC-537A was a great camera at it´s time (early 90´s), I lowed it. But how it can cope today depends so much of what You are going to require from it!
Anyway, have fun and good luck!
I do have a Betacam UVW-1200 player with low time on it, (only 300 hours). so having a deck is not a problem. But, I am wondering if i can use a Grass valley acedvio to import the video and audio (with XLR conversion via sterio mixing board) to my machine. Any recommendations?
If your computer has a Firewire port already, you might want to consider the Canopus (Grass Valley) ADVC-55 (or ADVC-110 if you need to lay video back off to analog Betacam or for monitoring). They do the same thing as that card and are a bit cheaper and don't require installation into your machine.
That being said, those are somewhat cheap solutions and will be compressed to DV, so the quality won't be stellar, but it'll be fine for hobby use.