Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:53 AM
I own an Arri SR3 camera with a video assist. This is used mainly for ad films or music videos. I have so far been using a VCR for recording from the video assist. But good quality proffessional vcr's are getting tougher to find and service, also they are not really great for slo-mo playback for checking out high speed packshots. Could anyone suggest what would be a good replacement for the vcr format. How are the 'Hard Disc DVD Recorders'. Do they let you playback in slow-mo. frame by frame etc. I would have an outside budget of a $ 1000/- for whatever I buy. Any suggestions?
Posted 16 December 2005 - 09:27 AM
Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:23 AM
Most consumer DVD recorders are essentially harddrive Mpeg2 encoders that dump to the DVD once you have completed the file. This makes them good for archiving your favorite TV shows but not great for dealing with take after take on a set. Small HD recorders like the Archos work well but are not full resolution, which may or not be okay for your tap footage. I know a number of Steadicam ops use them for this. The problem with most consumer HD setups like a TiVo box is that they are really meant to sit on a shelf and will not survive long in the field. And they generally don't like the kind of signal that can come out of a tap -- off voltage, fluctuating sync, shifting levels due to the flicker if the tap isn't in Flicker-free), so the footage might not record well.
Currently I would still reccomend using a tape-based system such as a DV deck or camcorder. Just make sure to get a unit that has AV inputs and VTR controls that are easilly accessible. Most every unit I've come across allows for slow-mo playback. Panasonic has a nice unit that is a portable deck with nice big VTR buttons, and it is essentially a camcorder with no camera head (but it is a bit pricy at around $1100).
I still use a VHS deck for my tap, and yes, time is likely running out for the format. But at $50 a deck how wrong can you go?
Posted 16 December 2005 - 12:50 PM
Carrying a laptop around on set is just a pain in the ass.
That can't be denied. But Rickii was asking for slomo and frame by frame playback which is easiest done by a laptop. For tap recording i'd get a small camcorder with AV input. I worked with some steadicam operators that keep small camcorders attached to their rigs to record all takes for their archive.
Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:19 PM
I (rather foolishly) built a complete rig for doing this. Hard disk record and playback, speed ramps, anything you want, in a peli case. It's basically the laptop solution but with more stuff built into the one box, which makes it a bit - a lot - friendlier to use. A reasonably computer savvy director could probably run it himself, but to do the advanced tricks is really always going to take someone to set them up no matter how you want to do it.
Posted 16 December 2005 - 04:49 PM
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