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    Default DAT - beginner's question

    Forgive me if this is a stupid posting. I'm making a low budget film and was interested in recording onto a sony DAT TCD-D8 recorder. Can anyone advise if this is a good choice? It's the cheapest and most accessible for me at this point.

    Also, if I choose this method, how do I actually input the audio into a PC/Mac? I will use Final Cut to edit the project. I am only familiar with firewire and USB line outs, I guess.

    Any advice would be appreciated,


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    Mar 2005
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    It's not a stupid posting, a very relevant question in fact.

    Personally, I wouldn't use dat. It's now a bit out-dated and recording directly onto a CF card or hard drive is the current "norm". (As much as anything can be called a "norm").

    There are a number of advantages (including cost) when it comes to hard-disc (or card) recording and I would suggest looking at something like the Marantz PMD660 before you splash out on a dat recorder.

    If you've already bought one, then you import the data into your non-linear editor the same way as you would dv, by connecting the player to the computer by usb/firewire (offhand I don't know what the sony has).

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    Bournemouth, UK


    Edirol make the R-09 recorder that takes up to 2gb SD and records wav or 320 kbps mp3.

    I use it with an ew100 radio mic or direct from a mixing desk, works well.
    Canon, Edius, Final Cut Studio, Always Progressive, Promotional Video Production

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