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Ultimate Geek

#277175 30-Sep-2020 13:12
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I recently got an old Mini DV Sony Camera (DCR-PC7E PAL) to backup an old Mini DV tape I found and wanted to check if anyone here wanted there tape/s captured?


I realize lots of people already offer this service, but when I looked around I couldn't find anyone who would just do a raw data transfer to PC, and not re-encode it. In this day and age, space isn't really an issue, and I hate to compress old footage down any more then is absolutely necessary.




I would transfer the footage (without re-encoding) and then upload it to Google drive (or other site) for you to download.


50 minutes is about 10GB


Mediainfo of a transfer I done, .dv file:




I'm in Hawkes Bay, if you want to ship tapes to me, I'd recommend TradeMe's courier booking service, as they've usually got the best rates.




$20 per tape. (if your tapes have mold or are dirty, I won't try clean or capture them, only clean tapes please)


Free return courier of tape/s.




This offer will only be valid for about a week, as I'd like to sell on the old camera and gear, just figured I'd check if anyone wanted some raw transfers before I sell it.




Disclaimer: I realise the DV format isn't lossless, I just mean it's a lossless transfer without any re-encoding.

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Uber Geek

  #2576516 30-Sep-2020 13:35
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Hi, I am keen, will PM you!


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Master Geek

  #2576590 30-Sep-2020 16:38
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Tempted. I have a DV camera with IEEE1394 out... But no longer have a PC with IEEE1394 input (long gone!) Might have to give it a miss and go looking for some old hardware as we have about a dozen tapes in various states of (re-)edit. Like the ones from the champion video crew who did our wedding and later overwrote large portions of the recordings with student footage from a film school 😡 Good thing we had an amateur mate of mine filming for backup.



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Ultimate Geek

  #2576599 30-Sep-2020 16:46
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@pih, That's rough, lucky you had a backup filmer.


I'd keep an eye out on TradeMe for some old Mac laptops, often they sell pretty cheap, even ones with a dead screen may be good, just plug in an external screen.


I'm using an old MacBook from 2009 which still has a FireWire 400 port, had a friend who still had the laptop.




@timbosan looking forward to hear from you.

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Uber Geek


  #2576731 30-Sep-2020 20:02
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usb firewire dongles seem cheap too,not sure if anyone's tried those successfully.




Good stuff mate on offering this service.  The raw/native file size of these tapes is massive for the time.  I have a panasonic with firewire out and av in too, so you can feed vhs tapes through it and onto a computer in a similar fashion.  


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Ultimate Geek

  #2576735 30-Sep-2020 20:10
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From my understanding the USB FireWire dongles/adapters don't work. They only work with things like FireWire HDDs (data), but won't pass on the data stream or whatever from a DV camera.


Wait, think this is where I read it from;


[source] I can’t say for sure because I have never tried it, but I know the reason you can’t capture tape through a USB connection is because USB transfers data as packets, while Firewire transfers data as a steady stream. So while you can come out of your camera or deck with a firewire connection, the data stream will catch a snag when it hits that USB connection.


But I have read that people have managed to go from 4 pin DV cam to FireWire -> thunderbolt adapter to USB-C, or something like that, it was quite a long chain of adapters, and likely still end up costing in the $100-$200 in adapters if you don't have them.

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Uber Geek


  #2576926 1-Oct-2020 08:04
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I captured all my Digital 8 tapes and some DV tapes using Firewire.  Initially I used an older laptop with a PCI card slot (people remember those?) and a PCI Firewire adapter that worked fine. Then I bought a cheap IEEE1394 card for my desktop that also works fine. And as somebody else has noted, there is no such thing as a USB Firewire card - the protocols are too different.


As an aside I also captured all my analogue tapes using a Canopus ADVC110 analogue to firewire adapter.

Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount


System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex



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  #2576941 1-Oct-2020 08:37
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Can still buy desktop cards at around $65 locally and $10 - $40 on aliexpress.


Gives an idea as to how nice this offer from TechnoGuy001 is.



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Ultimate Geek

  #2580512 7-Oct-2020 10:39
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Offer is now closed. I will be putting it up for sale on TradeMe tomorrow.

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