I'm reseaching for what could be an efficient and low-cost rig for doing post-production and 3D animation for TV commercials (not in UK).
I'll probably need a used Betacam SP PAL recorder in good condition, for outputting the product and possibly digitizing raw footage as well. I have two options - a dockable recorder (part of a camcorder rig, sold separately) or a recording deck.
What are the pros and cons, besides the price?
It would be used to get the footage in, and get the ready-made 30 or so seconds long spot back out on Betacam SP tapes. In other words, very light usage, as 99% of the time would be modelling, animating, rendering and compositing.