Video Recording

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by EleX, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. EleX macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2006

    I'm a newbie here, so pardon the amateur question I have.

    Does anybody have experience using external hard disk drives
    with video cameras that are not mini DV or DVCam?

    I'm wondering if you can use an external hard drive that
    can take an analog video signal and store it digitally?

    Or would you need to have an Analog to Digital converter like
    the one from Sony to get that signal into a computer?

    Any recomendations? Any help would really be appreciated. :)
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    There are a few hard disk recorders/DVRs available that can ingest an analog signal. But not all of them record/write in an edit friendly format ... such as those used in surveillance systems. If the intended use of the recorded files is for editing, you'd be better off routing the analog signal through a DV converter and capturing live in FCE, FCP or other program on a computer.

    If you decide to go with a hard disk recorder (sans computer), you'll find that most of them will only accept a Firewire input. I believe these models will accept analog inputs (there may be others available):

  3. EleX thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2006
    Video Recording

    -DH, you've been very helpful!!!

    I finally found one of those hard disk recorders I was looking for.

    Thanks again for all your help.


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