Reliable, Portable, High Capacity, Easy To Use, Easy To Setup, Easy To Set Up
We bought the FS-4 mainly for piece of mind when recording live events. After a few 'issues' with videotape, I needed to be sure I had properly captured an event. The FS-4's ability to record in parallel with my DV tape was paramount.
It's relatively easy to set up, and has some nice features, like starting a new, sequential video file without droping a single frame; and multiple file formats for native capture. So far, it has functioned flawlessly for us.
On the down-side, having to physically switch the 1394 cable from DV in to computer out, is a nuisance. I would also have felt better if the connector locked the 1394 cable in place - I'm afraid the cable may come loose at some point.
A higher resolution display which gave more info on what is going on, would be a "nice to have", but is not a big enough issue to be a problem.
Overall, I wish I'd bought the FS-4 a lot sooner. Now I can sleep the night before a live production and I don't worry [as much] about drop out on my tape.
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