Summary: Great, prompt delivery and exactly what I needed with the convenience of having VHS and mini-dv camera functionality. Only drawback is that it wasn't "near-new" as claimed since I had to clean the heads, thereby had to purchase cleaning kits. Anyway, I would give it a "5-star" deal.
Summary: i bought this mainly for the mini dv vcr from bh photo and its great ive had it for 3 years now and i discoverd recently you can play vhs through the firewire cable in imovie and final cut pro and the vhs tape playback is very smooth it can fix defective tapes most of the time only once i found one tape that would not play on the vhs side but theres always going to be one bad tape .
Summary: I've gone through two of these decks. They worked fine with Final Cut Pro and I enjoyed the SVHS to DV transfer ease... BUT... they are cheaply made and break down after any extended use. Same thing happened to a colleague. Repair cost as much as the price of a new deck! Not acceptable. I'll never use another one of these.
This deck is a disgrace and a trap that will cost you years of frustration before you buy a new one.
i don't think so, Amazon
1 June 2006
Summary: There are random glitches on mini-dv playback. I've seen people call these "artifacts". They're random mosaic shapes, spots, and sometimes audio "chinks" that are usually only visible for brief moments when you pause and press forward or back. They shouldn't happen while playing a tape. Because of this, I can only log and capture in the rare instance that they don't occur (or if I can squeeze off a brief enough shot between glitches).
This was a good purchase, Versatile and Inexpensive.
I. Inc, Amazon
27 May 2006
Summary: I bought this deck to work with Final Cut Pro. After finally figuring out to set the input to "F1", I had no problems using this deck with a G4 or a G5 and Final Cut Pro 3 and FCP 4, and also iMovie. To capture from the analog inputs, or from (S)VHS, you need to switch Final Cut Pro to "Uncontrollable Firewire Device", because the VHS side does not do time code, not would I expect VITC from a deck at this price.
Summary: i shoot miniDV on a CanonXL1, and this deck just won't play the tapes without introducing artifacts every 45 seconds or so. on the other hand, it makes a great parking block for my Audi, albeit an expensive one. i would NOT buy this product if you aquire images on Canon or Sony cameras, as (by all indications) it'll perform as well as President Bush articulates (ie: it won't).
Summary: This unit is a piece of garbage. Save your money. 1) It will not play tapes shot with a Canon camcorder. Imagine cutting a picture horizontally in 1/4" strips and moving the first strip to the left, the next strip to the right, next to the left, etc.. Artifacts is putting it mildly. 2) The firewire into a Canoups capture card simply does not work.
Summary: The HRDVS3U is a dream to use - I have so far converted 30 old analog tapes to mini dv and then will go back and forth between my mac and the mini dvs to cut imovies. Dubbing back and forth between VHS and Mini DV is simple and works great. The documentation is adequate but not great - make sure you pull down the right hand door to find the "start" button, which I use everytime I dub a tape. The jog shuttle control is a little chincy but it has held up so far.
JVC HR-DVS3U not recommended for Sony Camcorder users
James G Reinhardt, Amazon
1 March 2006
Summary: There appears to be a comptatibility issue between the Sony MiniDV format and the JVC miniDV format. This is coming directly from the technicans at JVC. I purchased this JVC HR-DVS3U unit so I could edit the miniDV tapes from my Sony TRV-20 camcorder. But when I play a tape (which has been recorded on my Sony camcorder) on the JVC deck through the firewire output to either my computer or back to my camcorder, the JVC unit displays a error code U:01 and the video from the...
Summary: I use this deck with a 20 foot cable to ecit from my XL1s and GL2 and TRV 900. I am happy with the results. I would never buy a deck like this without a repair warrenty as they seem to die as often as laptop computers. I have bought 3 of these.