For Steadicam onboard recording I switched from a DV deck to the Chasecam PDR100-H digital recorder. It records MPEG 2 to a Compact Flash card.
It is very simple to operate
One button for start and stop recording, Led goes from green to red when recording. Very quick to access a shot for playback. Currently only play and pause, they are working on fast forward. Updates can be downloaded from their website and copied to a compact flash card.
If you have a laptop and a card reader on set you can pull the compact flash card out and play and scroll through the clips in a computer.
You can use MPEG Streamclip from www.squared5.com to play the files as well as convert to DV or other formats..
If you have the MPEG2 plugin you can also use quicktime.
There is a built in microphone for reference sound.
Works with NTSC and PAL in full resolution (720 x 480 for NTSC) with different compression settings.
I've been using the normal setting and have not gone over 2 GB in a day so far.
The unit costs about $600. I'm using a Transcend 8GB Compact flash card (less than $100).
The Lemo is pin compatible with the PRO.
For mounting I cut off the tabs and took off the handle from the ChaseCam bracket, and drilled some holes and screwed it onto the PRO recorder plate.
Please view this page on my site for more info and pics http://earthvideo.net/stcmmod.html
ChaseCam digital recorder
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