7 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2010 6:16 AM by Steve Grisetti

    HDV Mini DV Player

    rtprtp Level 1

      Hi All,

       

      I need to buy a mini dv player to use with PE7. I am onl;y interested in capturing HDV footage with my Canon XH-A1. Any suggestions? I am considering buying the Datavideo DN-300, but would like to find something cheaper.

       

      Thanks, Stan

        • 1. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          For that money, you could almost buy TWO HDV camcorders!

           

          It looks like a good machine. I'm just not sure the advantage of having a standalone player rather than just using an HDV camcorder for your playback.

           

          Sony makes a similar model for a similar price, FWIW.

          http://www.videosmith.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=165

           

          They'll both likely give you excellent results.

          • 2. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            The use of decks, is often multi-functional:

             

            Save wear on camera's heads

            Allow Capture, while the cameras are on assignment

            Allow for the feed to a calibrated, CRT monitor (do not think that PrE can feed the Program Monitor to an external device, but PrPro can)

            Decks are often more lenient with tapes from multiple camera makes/models, than other cameras often are

            Probably a few dozen reasons, that I have not considered, or even knew about

             

            Good luck,

             

            Hunt

            • 3. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
              rtprtp Level 1

              Hi Steve,

               

              Could you recommend 1 or 2 HDV, MiniDV tape cameras the work well with PE7? I like your idea about buying a camera instead of a deck!

              Makes a lot of sense,

               

              Thanks, Stan

              • 4. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                The Canon HV series are some of the best HDV camcorders for under $1,000. They usually sell online for between $650-800.

                 

                For miniDV, I recommend Sony, which continue to provide the best bang for the buck. A new Sony miniDV can be found for between $250-400. Used (which are often just open boxes, even if the cams themselves have never been used) models can be had for as little as $100 on Amazon and eBay.

                 

                Unfortunately, most big box stores (Best Buy, e.g.) no longer sell tape-based camcorders in their stores. But Amazon retailers still sell them.

                • 5. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
                  rtprtp Level 1

                  WOW, those Sony cams sound great for the price. Will they

                  definetly handle playback of the HDV format I shoot with my Canon XH-A1? Will I lose any quality?

                  I'm guessing and hoping you are going to say YES and NO.

                  ;-)

                  • 6. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
                    rtprtp Level 1

                    Steve, sorry to be a nudge ;-) but can you recommend some cheap Sony

                    MiniDV "HDV" cameras that I can use to capture "HDV"?

                     

                    Thanks again!

                     

                    Stan

                    • 7. Re: HDV Mini DV Player
                      Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                      MiniDV and HDV are two very different things, rp.

                       

                      miniDV cams are standard-def cams, and they can be had very cheaply. (Although there are also pro-sumer versions that sell for up to $3,000)

                       

                      HDV is a tape-based hi-def video format. These cams start at $600.

                       

                      If you want tape-based hi-definition video, you need an HDV cam -- like the Canon HV series.