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Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 4:38pm

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mastersmithson

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Hi, I have found a camcorder (sony digital camcorder dcr-trv145) and it does not have MiniDV (well i dont think it does). Do we need mini DV? Also does anyone have a sony digital camcorder dcr-trv145
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 5:28pm

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That video camera is Digital8 so you'll need a firewire port on your computer if you want to transfer footage to it. MiniDV is pretty much the best format for video (correct me if I'm wrong) as it's high quality and can be transferred to a computer easily; you'll find that most users on this site use MiniDv for the reasons outlined above.
If you're planning on buying that one though think of the cost of a Firewire connection and the actual quality, ease of transfer and ease of use compared to Minidv (older cameras can tend to be extremely bulky and heavy by comparison)
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 5:42pm

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OS shoukld I go with this camcorder or not? ( there is a picture here http://www.techtronics.com/uk/images/sony/sony-dcr-trv145.jpg)
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 6:28pm

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mastersmithson

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What camcorders do people use? write the name here! I might use JVC GR-D23EK Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 6:29pm

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Go with minidv. You can get many tape problems with hi 8s. Get like a canon zr, or something like that.
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 7:51pm

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Brettsta wrote:

Go with minidv. You can get many tape problems with hi 8s. Get like a canon zr, or something like that.
Huh? What kind of tape problems? I don't have any with my Digital 8.

I'd go with any minidv camera, don't look at the model name as much as the brand and the features. You'll want a camera with a manual focus ring, most likely, and probably one that's a bit bigger than those tiny handheld ones.
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 8:01pm

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After shooting id get tape errors a lot and my footage would be lost. I found something about this on the net recently so I know its not just me.
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 8:05pm

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Lloyd66 wrote:

You'll want a camera with a manual focus ring, most likely, and probably one that's a bit bigger than those tiny handheld ones.
Umm are you getting into the realms of 3CCD now with you're talk of Manual Focus rings and being bigger than those tiny hand held ones? Because that's what it sounds like and if this guy is looking at Digital8 then it's unlikely he'll want to commit £1500+ to a camera. I agree with Brettsta, if your budget'll stretch to i then go for something like a Canon ZR.
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 8:20pm

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Brettsta

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Cehck this
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=313377&is=REG
Posted: Thu, 13th May 2004, 7:44am

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jakeWA

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i use a sony TVR19 (there's more to the model number but that's the important stuff) it's miniDV

i love it, great quality andloads of features. decent price too.

it was part of a series, 15, 19, 22, 33

they have just barely (january) been replaced by a new series but it think the only change has been shape and style, not features so if you can get your hands on a TVR go for it.
Posted: Fri, 14th May 2004, 12:21am

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Gibs

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Rawree: My Digital8 cam has a manual focus ring, as does my friend's Minidv (1CCD) cam. And by "bigger" I mean like Digital8 size, or anything a bit bigger than the cam in the link Brettsta gave. I say this because if you have a palm-sized camera, it's so small it's hard to get nice looking footage (because the camera is so light).