Welcome to AOTG.com

Sign up free

Be a part of a unique online community that connects post production professionals and film academics worldwide.

You'll have access to personalize your news feed, access to Live Post Talks and much more. Contribute to the community by posting interesting post production content.

Member Login

Social Login!

Not a Member? Sign Up!

(minimum 3 characters)
I agree with the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
To receive account info and prevent it landing in your spam folder, add info@aotg.com as an email contact.

  • Review of the Sony HVR-M15U

    Review of the Sony HVR-M15U

    September 27, 2010, 8:38 am
    Even though HDV seems to be being phased out, it still has its uses for the filmmakers on a small budget.

    This week I look at Sony's HDV deck the HVR-M15U VTR. This deck is for the budget minded filmmaker in need of cost effective way to ingest and archive. This deck is for use with Sony’s HDV tape based format, no SxS support. The VTR is relatively lightweight and small. This is the smallest deck I have ever worked with. However, it does come with a variety of connections. The M15U has a wide range of connectivity options, including the i.Link (Firewire) digital interface, component YUV output, S-Video I/O, composite I/O, and analog audio I/O. The deck can also down convert from HD to SD via DVCAM (Letterbox or Squeeze formats). It is also switchable, between 60Hz and 50Hz, to handle NTSC and PAL broadcast formats.
    Review of the Sony HVR-M15U
    I began my workflow by down converting footage shot with my old trusted Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder to DVCAM and DV via the Firewire. I found this produced outstanding quality with almost no signal degradation to my eyes or scopes. I then took DVCAM footage and every possible cross-configuration, and in all cases, the HVR-M15U performed admirably. On a side note though, I did find a small issue. The deck does not seem to support Canon HDV very well. Either the deck would not read the tape, or often times there would be time code errors and dropped frames. This is something to keep in mind if you are working with a Canon HDV Camera.
    The Sony HDV footage, and even DVCAM tapes played through the M15U offered natural color reproduction with exceptional sharpness, and brightness levels. The deck also has the ability to copy time code. This is a very useful feature in archiving tapes, and projects. I really liked that the front had an LCD info readout display, like its bigger brother M25U. Sony must have not including one to keep the cost of production down, and pass along the savings to the consumer.
    Review of the Sony HVR-M15U
    This deck is great for many reasons, the main reason being for its smaller form factor. The M15U VTR is a very cost-effective recording deck that provides a great support from DVCAM to HDV, and the dead format or rarely used S-VHS. If you are still working with DVCAM/HDV tape based formats, and are looking for the most cost effective way to ingest tapes, and archive, this is it. Not only will this deck save the heads on your camera, it is also a lot easier to work with in the edit bay than having your camera sit on your desk.

    • Report
    • Share
    • Save

    Share this posting

  • Other Postings By Member
    • UltraStudio 3D Review
      EDITING

      UltraStudio 3D Review

      December 5, 2011, 11:22 am
      BlackMagic design showcased the UltraStudio 3D back at NAB this year. I have been excited to get my hands on of these for some time. I waited patiently and finally, I got one and I have been testing the BlackMagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D over the past few weeks.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • ioSafe Drive Destruction
      EDITING

      ioSafe Drive Destruction

      November 15, 2011, 10:47 am
      This week I test out the durability of the ioSafe hard drive. It's fire proof and water proof. I wanted to find out how water proof it is, so I flooded the drive. Check out the video below to see if it still works after the flooding.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Avid Media Composer 6.0
      EDITING

      Avid Media Composer 6.0

      November 3, 2011, 12:17 pm
      Today Avid Avid announced Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 . Avid matins they acer deeply committed to professionals, and are pleased to announce that all of these new applications are 64 bit native.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Fast Forward Video sideKick HD
      EDITING

      Fast Forward Video sideKick HD

      October 17, 2011, 10:54 am
      Over the past few weeks the folks over at Fast Forward Video have given me the opportunity to test out their sideKick HD. The sideKick HD allows you to capture the highest quality video, with a straight to edit workflow. The sideKick HD is capable of recording directly from the camera up to 10 bit precision, 220Mbit/s , 4:2:2 sampling using Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Tiffen DFXv3
      EDITING

      Tiffen DFXv3

      October 10, 2011, 9:43 am
      Over the past couple of weeks I have been working with the latest release Tiffen Dfx Version 3. Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic filters and lens accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Caldigit VR 6TB Review
      EDITING

      Caldigit VR 6TB Review

      September 18, 2011, 9:45 am
      Recently I had a great discussion with the Twitter community about picking up a new raid for myself as my older ones were now aging, and I was running out of space. Many people suggested a Thunderbolt drive. However Macbook Pro is only a year old and does not support Thunderbolt, and Apple has yet to release a new MacPro Tower. Thus I really did not see the need for a Thunderbolt drive yet. Enter The CalDigit VR.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade
      EDITING

      Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade

      September 12, 2011, 2:43 pm
      In a tremendous move, due to the response from the professional editing community for its current Final Cut Pro Crossgrade promotion, Avid announced today that beginning October 1, 2011, it will offer a Final Cut Pro crossgrade price for qualified customers on an ongoing basis. The new crossgrade will allow Final Cut Pro users to purchase the Avid Media Composer®, for $1499 USD. Avid’s current limited-time crossgrade promotion, at $995 USD, ends September 30, 2011.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H
      EDITING

      Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H

      September 9, 2011, 10:43 pm
      lackmagic Design today announced a new family of super heavy duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models in the Mini Converter Heavy Duty product range which are all priced at only $295 US.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Avid Significantly Enhances Leading Solutions for
      EDITING

      Avid Significantly Enhances Leading Solutions for

      September 9, 2011, 9:41 pm
      Today Avid annoucned new versions of Avid NewsVison and Avid ISIS 7000 at IBC.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D
      EDITING

      BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D

      August 29, 2011, 11:44 am
      BlackMagic Design just announced UltraStudio 3D the world’s first video product with Thunderbolt technology is now shipping. Initially debuting at NAB this past year we have all been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting





    SUBMIT A LINK

    Newest From Aotg.com
    Stay Informed
    • Mail List

      E-Mail Newsletter

      Choose what Post News gets sent directly to your E-Mail, daily or weekly.

    • Apple iOS Mobile App

      AOTG App for iOS

      Get your post news on your favourite Apple device, when you want it where you want it.

    • Android Mobile App

      AOTG App for Android Devices

      Get your post news on your favourite Android device with the AOTG Android App.