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Yashira Jordan
Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 1:36:50 am

Hi! Firts time posting here..

Im about to buy a DVCAM deck (probably a Sony ) for my Non-Linear Editing Studio, and I was wondering wich model is the best for this. I usually work with minidv tapes (not HD, because my clients are film students from the cinema career's first year).

Which is the best place (url) to buy this stuff. i love BH&Photovideo, but i would like to know other webs.

im looking something around 500-600 Dlls. (probable some item already used)


Thanks!




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Kevin Monahan
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 1:55:48 am

Why not spend a bit more and get a deck that does DV and HDV?

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Yashira Jordan
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 2:08:19 am

just got a macbook pro. dont have enough to spend :(


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Steve Eisen
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 4:36:01 am

Good luck finding a working DSR-11 for that price!

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walter biscardi
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 3:19:00 pm

[Yashira Jordan] "just got a macbook pro. dont have enough to spend :("

Quite honestly, Kevin has the right idea. It's a waste to purchase just a DV deck that only does standard definition when HD is what most projects are done in these days, at the very least HDV.

Look for a used M10U or M15U from Sony. This does DV, DVCAM and HDV all in one deck and you can control it via Firewire with FCP.

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Thax Clave
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:00:16 pm

Why not just use DV camcorders?

You can buy them from pawn shops, etc. for about $100 each.

Sony and Panasonic camcorders playback miniDVCAM tapes perfectly.





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Yashira Jordan
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 3:54:59 pm

Thanks all for the reply!

:)




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Will Salley
Re: Please need some advice: Best DVCAM decks for FCP ?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 3:15:47 pm

Sony models:
DSR-11 lowest price Sony, $700-$1200 used
DSR-25 much better transport, but still affordable - $1000-$2000 used
DSR-45 same as 25 with component outs and timecode i/o - $1500-$2500 used
DSR-1500 best of the half-width machines w/ SDI - $1800-$2200 used
DSR-1800 full-sized with editing capability (something you probably don't need) - $2300-$3300 used

There are some other models made for specialties such as medical and police, but these are the most popular models you will find for commercial video production.


When buying a used VTR, remember the single most important figure is the hours on the drum head (drum run). The drum life-span on these machines are usually around 2000 hours, so a machine nearing that will need to have drum heads replaced soon, which costs about $800-$1200, depending on who does it.


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