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#1 rob spence

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 12:47 PM

Hi
Can anyone tell me if mini dv footage when imported into FCP via a bottom of the range camera or top of the range camera...is any different in quality
many thanks
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#2 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 05:06 PM

Given that in both cases, all the camera is doing is reading the codec off the tape, and putting it through an output, there shouldn't be much difference.
So long as the outputs are of comparable construction quality, there shouldn't really be any difference, as neither camera can improve on the original recording quality.

Edited by Daniel Sheehy, 25 November 2007 - 05:11 PM.

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#3 Walter Graff

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 05:34 PM

Whether you use a $200 camera or a $20,000 camera the firewire connection will give you an identical one ot one copy of the video with no camera doing it better than another
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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 07:05 PM

Whether you use a $200 camera or a $20,000 camera the firewire connection will give you an identical one ot one copy of the video with no camera doing it better than another

Exactly. Additionally some consumer miniDV's are controllable by the NLE over the firewire connection. One example is my Sony DCR-TRV30 which is fully remote controlled over firewire by my Avid DV Pro system as if the TRV30 was a miniDV deck. I could even do an assemble edit back out to the camera in the unlikely case that I wanted to go that route.
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#5 rob spence

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:27 AM

many thanks for that information...it has put my mind at rest
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