I'd like to connect my MiniDV equipment's FireWire port to my Sony 10HT component or DTV input rather than via the S-video. In checking for a converter, I have only found a Laird for $2600. Anybody know of a cheaper box?
There is one DV/DVCAM deck that outputs component video. I believe its a Sony DSR-40. You might find one used on ebay for the same price as the Laird. But at least at that point you would have another deck. But I don't think that deck accommodates the LP speed mode. All the less expensive converter boxes I know of use the same electronics as your DV camcorder/deck has and outputs S or composite video, so you wouldn't be gaining a thing.
Well, there is a slightly less expensive alternative, and it is the JVC HR-DVS1U. This unit, which includes both mini-DV and S-VHS decks, has a COMPONENT back panel output from the mini-DV deck. The list on the unit is $2,000, and I picked mine up for $1,500, and since it has been out for a few months, there should be several Internet sites with a lower price for now. Also, JVC has just come out with a newer (less expensive) model of this dual well deck, the JVC HR-DVS2U, which I see listed at $1,400, but I do not know if it has component out for the mini-DV deck.
If you are interested in the HR-DVS1U, I think it has two related features that are really great, which may or may not be of use to you. First, I have been using the deck heavily for three months for editing (capture and final production) of mini-DV recordings. I'm using Adobe Premiere 6.0 on a G4 Mac for automatic capture of the HR-DVS1U for picking up clips, and then for recording from the Timeline for output to the HR-DVS1U after editing. Secondly, I'm using the HR-DVS1U to transfer content from mini-DV tapes to S-VHS tapes, and I've never had a combination of any decks which made such superb, pristine copies to S-VHS.
On the downside, I did have to return my unit for replacement of a defective fan, and in some other web site forums, I've heard of other quality problems experienced by some users. But that's the only problem I've had with the unit, and though I'm very critical of products and features on all kinds of equipment, for the money, I think this is a fabulous unit!
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