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John White
Mini-DV Tape Ingestion
on Oct 3, 2011 at 7:36:13 pm

I recently shot a musical performance with three cameras - each a different manufacturer - on Mini-DV tape. Here's my question: to save wear and tear on each camera, I'd rather use a Mini-DV deck to ingest tapes into Final Cut. But I have advised it might be cheaper to just purchase an inexpensive Mini-DV camera to use for playback only. However, when I have tried that in the past, I've found that a tape recorded on one brand of camera won't play back on another brand, i.e. a tape recorded on a Canon camera won't playback on a Sony camera. So, do I buy a Mini-DV deck or a cheap camera? Suggestions? FYI this is SD but may be HD down the line. Thanks.


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Mini-DV Tape Ingestion
on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:19:30 am

Take a look at panasonic - it usually playbacks fine tapes from sony or canon. Test your tapes before purchasing.

Sony PMW-EX3, Canon Mark II 5D, FCS3 in Moscow
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John White
Re: Mini-DV Tape Ingestion
on Oct 4, 2011 at 1:04:02 pm

Thanks, but did you mean a Panasonic camera or deck?


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Mini-DV Tape Ingestion
on Oct 5, 2011 at 8:40:46 am

I meant camera, though it's kind of hard to find cheap one on market since they're discontinued long time ago. If you're looking for a deck buy pro level sony, it'll work with all tapes.

Sony PMW-EX3, Canon Mark II 5D, FCS3 in Moscow
http://www.mokaeff.com


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