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#1 Dennis Noyes

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:33 PM

Back when I was a Steadicam Assistant, i remember the operator would get all the takes he wanted for his real with an Archos. Now with so many on the market I was wondering which Archos lets you record a full day of shooting and is still not crazy expesive.

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#2 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:01 AM

I have the Archos 5 and I'm having a cable made for it and my sled, tonight. I'll let you know how it goes. It for sure will only record in SD (through that input).
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#3 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:35 AM

I was recently shopping for a video recorder and bought this one:
http://stuntcams.com...8e83479a57f9bee

it has a digital connection for digital camera, records 1280x960 HD and though composite connector you can supply
video signal to record for reel. Interesting thing to notice, even when signal is supplied through composite, it still
records 1280x960 :) i have to say, the quality is really decent and useful for internet. It can come with 7 hour battery
life.
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#4 Brian Freesh

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:10 AM

Tomas,

What do you like/dislike about it so far? What format is the recording? MP4? Can you view the recording on that tiny screen, or do you have to output it to something else? Looks like there is an A/V out port, can you playback through that, or do you have to download it to your computer?

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#5 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:06 AM

Ouch... pressed 'back' in the browser, my message went away, typing again :D

It records ASF format, no problem viewing on any pc. While recording video, you can see it on screen. It's a touch screen device. It can also capture screenshots as jpegs.

I like it. It's tiny, feels very solid /durably built, not cheap plastic. Also you can record analouge mono audio while recording through composite port. I think it's a good device in overal to record reels. I bought it specifically for this purpose, as most of the times getting material from TV or film, is impossible...

btw, on 16 gig SD card, you can record over 4 hours of material and with 7 hour optional battery, it's more than enough for the whole day :)
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#6 Benjamin Treplin

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:53 PM

Well, as far as I understand it, it records NTSC/PAL and saves this in a file that can be up to 1280X960 in size but doesn't accept a HD signal.
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#7 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 01:22 PM

Both the generation 4 and gen 5 will work with the dvr travel adapter to record. The gen4 has seperate input and ouput connectors while the gen5 uses the same connector for both so you cant wire them independantly. Within each generation there are different size screens to choose from. I have a 404 (gen4, 4inch)

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#8 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:18 PM

Well, as far as I understand it, it records NTSC/PAL and saves this in a file that can be up to 1280X960 in size but doesn't accept a HD signal.


That is true. You can select a few different recording frame sizes, but of course, the signal is still NTSC/PAL upscaled to 1280x960.

It does have a mini HDMI input which is intended for digital camera. I haven't tried to record from HDMI source, need to buy standard > mini hdmi adapter, but if you have hdmi signal, most likely it will get the signal and then you can have hd material.

I have uploaded a sample so you could see:
http://www.vimeo.com/22308285 password: dvr

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