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dougaldiver

Member Since 23 Feb 2007
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External Hard Drive

16 April 2007 - 04:08 AM

Following some advice receieved on this forum, and from a few other sources, I've recently bought a Sony HC3 camera and a Light and Motion housing.

I've got Sony Vegas Movie Studio 6 (Platinum) and I've had a go at editing some footage with reasonable results.

One thing I'm seeing is the size of the Intermediate files I'm using for editing (using the Cineform codec) which is stretching the hard drive on my PC a bit.

I've currently got an 80GB gard drive and I'm wondering about adding another hard drive (300GB plus) so that I can keep the operating sofrtware on one and the video files on another.

I wondered whether an external hard drive (USB2) would be any good for this. I could fit an internal drive but the externbal offers me flexibility to use it for other things on my other computer (the one I don't use for video).

What are peoples thoughts / experiences of using an external hard drive for this purpose

Any and all advice appreciated

Introducing ..... Me

23 February 2007 - 05:05 AM

Hi everyone,

Just joined as I found this site searching for some information on upgrading my video gear (i've already posted my question in the appropriate forum)

Based in the UK and most of my diving is done overseas. I've been diving for nearly 14 years took pictures for around 7 years and switched to video about 2.5 years ago (my wife now takes the stills)

Having browsed some of the forums before I joined this looks like a good community and I think I can get a lot of useful information here

Advice on upgrading video gear

23 February 2007 - 04:46 AM

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and will post an intro a bit later but I'm hoping to get some advice before I go and spend some money.

I am currently considering upgrading my video gear and looking for some advice on the best way to go.

As a bit of background I am very much in the amatuer bracket. Most of my video is done in warmer waters (Red Sea, Maldives, etc. I tend to use lights only for night dives or inside caves and wrecks etc (although I would like to use them more for Macro). I shoot video for my own enjoyment and to show family and friends what they are missing by not diving. I like to edit my 2 weeks worth of footage down to 15 minutes or so and burn to DVD.

Currently I have a Sony DCR HC40 in an Ikelite housing with a wide angle lens inside the housing and a UR pro filter on the outside of the housing (when not using lights). I also have the Ikelite SPD II video light system with 2 50W heads.

Current limitations I am finding with this set up are:

Lack of access to some controls (manual focus, manual white balance)

Bulk of the light system (which means I often don't take it unless the dive specifically needs it)

Inability to fit an external monitor (the mirror set up is OK but the image is reversed and, due to the size of the housing the screen on the camcorder is a long way from the mirror and the image is not clear).


I am currently considering the following options:

Buy a Light and Motion Stingray III with lights and monitor back for the HC40 which resolves most of my issues except MWB

Buy a Sony HC3, Ikelite housing and the new smaller battery pack for the Ikelite light system.

Buy a Cannon HV 10, Ikelite housing and the new smaller battery pack for the Ikelite light system.

I should say that I'm not really bothered about HD at the moment but I'm wondering if I should go that way rather than invest more money in the 'old' technology. I'm also wondering if I will see any improvement in quality using the HC3 or HV 10 and then converting to SD for editing and DVD production. Buying the HC3 and the Light and Motion Bluefin+lights etc. takes the cost way over budget.


Any advice from the experts would be most welcome.