Tape to ASF
Well, it looks like we would like to purchase a video tape deck to
capture the GSRC presentations as a back up. The idea is that we will
use this deck to record the video feed from a capture in case we have
total melt down of the computer systems.
It turns out that the quality of the video signal really does
matter, even though we are compressing it. So, we would like
to have a good quality recording in a fairly portable box.
There are lots of options:
I would rather not get a camera at this time, though in theory we
could just use it as a standalone tape recorder. On the other hand,
paying for a TV tuner and a bunch of other crap we will never need
Sony BVW70 betacam studio recorder for $15k used is awfully
appealing. :-) Beta is what the pros use.
Digital video is also another option, though it looks like 90
minutes is the maximum tape length, with 60 minute being the norm.
Another alternative is Hi-8. I could find no home grade hi-8
vcrs, they are all built in to cameras. I did find a pro grade hi-8
Sony deck for $1.1k
Hi8 has a resolution of roughly 400TV lines
cnet lists 21 decks
ranging in price from $165 to $1050
The jvc paes say: "Super VHS format with over 400
Lines of horizontal resolution."