Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Pro
    Points: 44,950, Level: 65
    Level completed: 54%, Points required for next Level: 600
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    Wx4Cy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    West Des Moines
    Posts
    2,380
    Points
    44,950
    Level
    65
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Camcorder opinions

    We currently have a Sony Handycam which uses the mini-DVDs. We like the camera a lot but the DVDs are a pain to manage and almost impossible to capture the video to the Mac. It can be done with Handbrake but it's a real pain.

    SOOOOO...I'm trying to talk MrsWx into a new camcorder, either one with a hard drive or a solid state/flash memory. Those with flash memory hold a little less but are cheaper plus I could always buy a SD card or 2 for little to nothing.

    But for some reason I'm nervous about getting one. Anyone have one? Is it easy to capture the video to an iMac?

    Opinions welcome.



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 80,866, Level: 88
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 1,084
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jumbopackage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,471
    Points
    80,866
    Level
    88
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 21
    Given: 9

    Re: Camcorder opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Wx4Cy View Post
    We currently have a Sony Handycam which uses the mini-DVDs. We like the camera a lot but the DVDs are a pain to manage and almost impossible to capture the video to the Mac. It can be done with Handbrake but it's a real pain.

    SOOOOO...I'm trying to talk MrsWx into a new camcorder, either one with a hard drive or a solid state/flash memory. Those with flash memory hold a little less but are cheaper plus I could always buy a SD card or 2 for little to nothing.

    But for some reason I'm nervous about getting one. Anyone have one? Is it easy to capture the video to an iMac?

    Opinions welcome.
    If it was me, personally, I'd go the SD route. The biggest issue I have with the hard drive models is that you have no backup, unless you create some sort of backup infrasturcture, which can be expensive and time-consuming. SD Cards are cheap enough you can archive on them, though I dont know how much I trust them over the long term.

    Either one are pretty easy to move to a mac or PC.

    Im still using HDV, though. I like having the tapes to be able to keep archival copies of my family memories, and its not that tough to capture via firewire.


    "Homemade beer, after all, is like a democracy. Every so often, youíre gonna hate what comes out of it. But when itís good, itís the best." - woot.com

  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 44,950, Level: 65
    Level completed: 54%, Points required for next Level: 600
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    Wx4Cy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    West Des Moines
    Posts
    2,380
    Points
    44,950
    Level
    65
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: Camcorder opinions

    Backup is a good point and that's another reason we talked about keeping the DVD model. We've always got the backups, plus I can play them as is in a player. However, once I got it to the Mac I would always have a backup since we back our mac up locally and off site using Mozy.



  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 80,866, Level: 88
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 1,084
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jumbopackage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,471
    Points
    80,866
    Level
    88
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 21
    Given: 9
    Quote Originally Posted by Wx4Cy View Post
    Backup is a good point and that's another reason we talked about keeping the DVD model. We've always got the backups, plus I can play them as is in a player. However, once I got it to the Mac I would always have a backup since we back our mac up locally and off site using Mozy.
    I use Mozy too, and its great. The downside is that it only backs up your local storage, I.e. No external drives. It also takes a LONG time to back up huge video files. One HDV tape (1 hour) is 11.7 gigabytes. That's a lot of uploading.

    Backing stuff up is a huge deal in this day and age. If you're looking to capture memories for posterity, you better be sure you can keep them for posterity.

    SD or HDV are probably the two best consumer formats at the moment, IMO.
    Posted via Mobile Device



  5. #5
    Speechless
    Points: 730,553, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 51.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    47,572
    Points
    730,553
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,393
    Given: 655

    Re: Camcorder opinions

    I have a Sony with a hard drive, and I love it. I bought one that was kind of last year's model, and it has plenty of room for anything I want to do, and really wasn't that much more expensive than the other options.



  6. #6
    Prospect
    Points: 5,672, Level: 22
    Level completed: 25%, Points required for next Level: 378
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    29
    Points
    5,672
    Level
    22
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Camcorder opinions

    Go with the Hi-Def Hard Drive version. We have a JVC 30 GB Hard Drive version and we love it, no messing with tapes or DVD's. Can always back up those end-o-year school events to a DVD, which is what we do. If you want to take a look at mine let me know and I can show it to you over a beer or two.



  7. #7
    Addict
    Points: 80,866, Level: 88
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 1,084
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jumbopackage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,471
    Points
    80,866
    Level
    88
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 21
    Given: 9

    Re: Camcorder opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by crzy4st View Post
    Go with the Hi-Def Hard Drive version. We have a JVC 30 GB Hard Drive version and we love it, no messing with tapes or DVD's. Can always back up those end-o-year school events to a DVD, which is what we do. If you want to take a look at mine let me know and I can show it to you over a beer or two.
    Burning to DVD loses the Hi-def source data, though. Blu-ray is an option, but a costly one.

    You can always archive the raw video to DVD,but you can't play that back, and now you're messing around with DVDs again,not to mention you'll be needing 3 single layer discs per hour of footage.

    I don't see any real difference in workflow between the two in the first place,and SD seems to me to be a much more flexible/expandible/reliable option.


    "Homemade beer, after all, is like a democracy. Every so often, youíre gonna hate what comes out of it. But when itís good, itís the best." - woot.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: FS1
  • Iowa State @ Oklahoma State
  • October 4, 2014
  • 11:00 AM