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    I'm gonna be getting/making a video editing PC at some point in the future, but I intend to rent camera equipment rather than buy it (at least until I can afford it). How can I get my footage from my tapes to the computer. I know you can get things like this which I've used before and are pretty decent, but I could get a half decent camera for the same price. Is there any other cheaper way of doing the same thing. I could just buy a really cheap MiniDV camcorder, but I might be wanting to use the larger tapes, and maybe HD tapes in the future. Does everyone else just use the camcorder they shoot on?

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    Pretty much everyone uses their camcorder to transfer to PC.

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    Bugger! Are there any other ways then? Any cheaper versions of the thing on my link?

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    Fire wire cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeD
    Fire wire cable
    He doesn't have a camcorder, so a firewire cable wouldn't be much use. I think the best thing you could do is buy a low end or second hand camcorder to transfer. As long as you always record in SP mode on the borrowed / rented camera, you'll be able to transfer the miniDV footage.

    Sony did produce an interbal 3.5" MiniDV tape desk to fit in a PC, but this was discontinued. You may be able to source one on ebay, but again will probably be more expensive than a camcorder.

    However, in the long run, renting camcorders will work out a lot more expensive.

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