Im_tired 2008-01-25 18:34:08
As the subject line says: I have a dilema. I have the money and am looking
at a better than average deal on a VTR. It is still a helluva lot of money.
There are about a half a zillion mini-dv’s on Ebay that would probably suit
my immediate needs (just wanting to keep the playback hours off my VX2000).
Currently, I’m not a video professional, but I work for some (IT-tech
working for a multimedia company) and I’m considering making an attempt at
becoming a video professional. I’ll spare you the details, but in the
spring, I’m planning on actually having a go at it and trying to get paid
for some video work.
Is it worth it for a “part timer” to invest in a VTR? – My personality
dictates that I get the nicest toys I can afford whenever possible. But,
the older I get, my ‘sense of sensibility’ muscles into some of my decisions
and leaves me with dilemas like this one.
What makes a VTR worth a few thousand dollars? I guesse that is the real
question. I see some of the video engineers I work near using them all the
time. I see one of the bosses screaming b***** murder when he catches any
of the in-house video-geeks using a camera for playback or capture to a
workstation. I understand that I need to keep the hours off my tape
transport…. but, what makes a VTR several thousand dollars worth of
‘better than a camera I wasn’t going to shoot video with anyway’? – I hope
this doesn’t seem too silly of a question.
Richard crowle 2008-01-25 23:28:43
The “PC” answer would be that the mechanism in a VCR is
more robust than what is found in typical camcorders.
However, the real answer may be that it is merely economics
and that is what the market will bear. There have been many
examples of “desktop VCRs” that have exactly the same
mechanism as is found in a camcorder. Of course, since they
don’t get hauled around and subjected to the temp extremes,
etc. they may hold up better(?)
Damian bradley 2008-01-26 13:53:04
Check the replies to my similar post from a few weeks back:
“Camcorder as DV VTR? Other options”