Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder

Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder

Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Portable, Lightweight, & Shockproof
  • Time-lapse Recording
  • 8 Seconds Pre-record Buffer
  • Tripod/Hot-Shoe Mountable
  • Connects Directly to DV/HDV Camcorders
  • 99 Bins for Storing Clips per Card
  • Records Without a Tape in Camera
  • Uses 4 AA Batteries
  • 16 GB CF Card Included
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Datavideo DN-60 overview

  • 1Description

The Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder provides hours of high-definition recording without the hassle of tapes. Being shock-proof, the recorder can be used in open-air environments like construction sites, forests, etc. The built-in time-lapse feature offers high-quality microscope recording and animations, making it ideal for medical research, natural history, or architectural video recording. The CF card recorder is also suitable for news broadcasts, as the turn-around time from shoot to edit to air is shorter.

With an 8-second pre-record buffer, the recorder is useful in science research, outdoor recording or security applications for recording unexpected events. Flexible mounting options include a tripod or hot-shoe; the recorder can also be mounted onto camcorders using a Datavideo camera mounting kit.

Each CF card has a unique volume name so that multiple cards can be used for one shooting session without confusion. With 99 bins for storing clips, and up to 97 clips per bin, identifying and accessing footage on a card becomes easier. By disabling the Sync to Tape (STO) feature, you can directly record onto the card without a tape inside the camera.

The recorder is powered by an external 6.0 VDC power source or by 4 AA batteries that provide more than 2 hours of continuous recording time.

Utilizes the solid state technology of removable and high-capacity CF memory cards, providing hours of continuous high definition recordings
Allows to take advantage of tape-less acquisition in even the toughest environments
Used in ecological recording, security systems, news interview, animal and plants growth recording
Removable CF card
  • Can be used in any PC with CF card reader, stand-alone as portable media device, or with any of the PC interface adaptors offered
  • Records popular .avi, .mov, .mxf and .m2t file formats for use with most NLEs (non-linear editing suites) presently on the market
  • Selectable NTFS or FAT32 file system compatibility
  • Every bin appears as a folder, every clip as a file
  • Secured covering for protection against harsh environment such as rain or sand
  • Unique volume names, so multiple CF cards can be mounted at the same time, very useful for multi-camera shoots
  • Supports Extra-II and Extreme III CF cards
Enhanced VTR type features
  • External time code record
  • Time-lapse (animation) recording
  • 99 Bins, independent of each other
  • Automatic clip marking, up to 97 per bin
  • RS232 control via the Sony 422 protocol
  • Selected bin is remembered when power is interrupted
8 seconds pre-record buffer, useful in recording unexpected events, especially in science research, outdoor recording or security applications
Record and playback using rugged internal Transactional File System technology and data presented in CF card through emulation of standard file systems compatible with Windows and Mac
Portable - lightweight, shockproof, & compact
Flexing mounting options include tripod and hot shoe
Can be easily mounted onto camcorders using Datavideo camera mounting kit
Time lapse recording down to single frame recording for stop motion, science, model animation or much other application
DV25 time code from the camera or generates internal time coder
Can be controlled directly by the camera through the IEEE-1394 AVC command protocol
Powered using 4 traditional AA batteries
Normal rechargeable batteries can also be used providing more than 2 hours continuous recording time on a single charging
Can also use included external power adapter
Since it has a small form factor, there is negligible loss of power
Built-in time lap feature makes it ideal for medical research & model animation
Connects directly to your existing DV or HDV camcorder via a single FireWire cable
Supported Signal Formats
  • NTSC DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • PAL DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • HDV, HD1, HD2
UPC: 672255002902
In the Box
Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder
  • 6-4 Pin Firewire Cable (1.6'/0.5 m)
  • 6-6 Pin Firewire Cable (1.6'/0.5 m)
  • Switching Power Supply
  • Instruction Manual
  • 16GB CF Card
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material and Workmanship per Product Registration within 30 Days of Purchase
  • 1-Year Standard Warranty without Product Registration
  • Table of Contents
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    Datavideo DN-60 specs

    Supported Signals
  • NTSC DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • PAL DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • HDV, HD1, HD2
  • Video Interface
  • Input: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Output: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Audio Interface
  • Input: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Output: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Recording Format DV25, HDV
    Recording Time
  • DV25: 46.3
  • HDV: 49.4 at 1080i, 64.3 at 720p
  • File Format
  • DV25: .avi (Type II, Microsoft, Canopus), .mov, .mxf (OP1A)

  • HDV: .m2t
  • Database File Compatibility FAT32, NTFS
    Control RS-232 control via the Sony 422 protocol
    Power Requirements 12V typical, 8V min , 24V max
    Power Consumption
  • Idle: 4.3W
  • Play/Record: 6W
  • HDD mode: 5.3W
  • Operating Temperature 40 - 104°F (4 - 40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4 x 1.9 x 7" (102 x 48 x 178mm)
    Weight 1.1 lb (500g)
  • Operating Vibration: 1.0G (5-500 Hz)
  • Non-Operating Vibration: 5.0G (10-500 Hz)

  • Operating Shock: 250G (2ms)
  • Non-Operating Shock: 5,000G (0.5ms)
  • Packaging Infotutwaabrbxafefecsvbvfydaxscruf
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 4.2 x 3.3"

    Datavideo DN-60 reviews

    DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Audio Not Useable We use the DN-60 to film the first day of a two day boat race marathon. It takes too many operations to use this unit in a fast pace arena. The video recorded is as good as your camera output. When used with a Sony VX-1000 we could not get usable audio. The VX-1000 records audio to tape fine. When used with a JVC GY-DV 500 the audio is fine. When used with a Sony HDR-Z7U the audio is fine. The DN60 does not like CF cards smaller than 8 gigs. Used both SanDisk Extreme III and Kingston Ultimate 266X 8 gigs CF cards.
    Date published: 2010-08-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Functions Well When Correct Settings Are Entered Once I figured out how to enter the correct input signal, the unit worked very well. Took me about 10 tries to figure how to make the correct settings for the HDV firewire input signal. Pay close attention to the Tools menu for the required settings. I was about ready to give up, getting error message, but suddenly, everything started to work. Using it with a Sony DSR FX1 to capture digital output. Dont forget to Make Media after capture or you won't see the files. Getting the hang of things now but was really frustrated in the beginning. It does retain the last settings used to save time for the next intended use. Had some dropped frames in the beginning, but hasn't happened lately. Maybe it was a settings thing, not sure. Will continue to practice with it.
    Date published: 2015-09-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from DN-60 Although this is an inexpensive alternative to most other flash recorders, the DN-60 leaves me feeling a little nervous every time I use it. Firmware issues, firmware issues, firmware issues. This thing is finicky. One minute it works great, the next it won't record to the same card you've been using for 10 minutes! The .mov file wrap works terrible, changes audio quality and Final Cut doesn't like the files. HDV files in .m2t are seen as having broken timecodes in mpeg streamclip (and other programs). The DN-60 has given me alot of stress. On the upside, it is cheap, the card has always had the media on it (usually with their own unique problems), and I have the feeling that they will keep upgrading the firmware. If you have the money buy something else. If you need a recorder for this price range, expect some heartache.
    Date published: 2010-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I am using this with a Canon XH-A1 and it works great! Once you figure out how to navigate the menus and figure out what your settings need to be for what you're trying to do, it really works great and is pretty simple to use. I will note, the HDV format this records in will not import directly into Final Cut Pro X. However, a quick trip to the App Store found ClipWrap that works great for pulling them into Final Cut. Works great without using a tape or recording simultaneously to tape and flash card.
    Date published: 2012-09-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from After one week: So far, so good It's only been a week of light use, but so far the DN-60 is doing the job with my Canon XH-A1. HDV 60i, 30F, 24F, DV...every format the XH-A1 captures, the DN-60 records. I'll be putting it to a real test soon. I always like to end on a positive note, so let's get into the negatives. First of all, make sure you purchase an approved CF card for the DN-60. I purchased a Transcend 32GB CF for this (B&H showed it on the same page as the DN-60), but it has problems. The end of just about every clip has a green frame. Searching user forums revealed that this is a problem with non-approved CF cards. Supposedly, this doesn't happen with cards which are on the approved list. Until I get an approved CF card, I'll just cut out the last few frames of every clip to get around this issue. Everybody always pads their shots anyway, right? The menus and interface are a bit clunky, but it is half the price of the nearest competitor, so corners had to be cut somewhere. The instruction book is also a bit lacking and confusing, but it's easy to operate the unit. One major ding (and it took away one star from the rating) is the lack of the pre-record buffer when shooting HDV. Maybe this can be fixed with a future firmware update. In SD DV mode, you can opt to use an eight second pre-record. That's nice, but I don't shoot SD anymore. On the good side, it uses AA batteries for power, so there is no need to worry about a dead proprietary battery. AA's can be picked up anywhere. The unit also has a 12VDC input and included AC adapter, so if you're not going to move, you can easily use AC power and not worry at all about batteries. Also, about those firmware updates, Datavideo seems to push out updates pretty regularly. That at leat makes me feel like they're investing something in this unit, and not just leaving owners out in the cold. Overall, it gets a good rating from me. It does what I expect it to do, but it is a bit rough around the edges.
    Date published: 2010-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great Get The Right Cards This made my Sony DSR390 a tapeless cam and will save me lots of money on tape. While the price of the media is the same as tape you only have to buy them once. Works perfectlty with Sony DSR390 as a paralell recorder, if your scared you have tape as a backup, taking the TC right off the camera along with stereo audio and video. Runs on AA batteries or a/c wirth included adapter. The recorder is triggered by the record button on my 390 and with turn on and off as you power the camera on and off. Make sure you only get the approved CF cards at this time only the kingston 266x cards work faster cards gave me a problem finalizing them. That's another thing to keep in mind you need about 5 minutes to finalize a card, this makes the card readable to your computer. I found you can go back and finalize multiple cards later if you don't have the time when switching card. You get 1 hour and 7 minutes in SD format for every 16 gigs so 2:14 on a 32 half those times for HD.
    Date published: 2015-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Like a Champ The DN-60 has turned out to be one of the best investments I've made to update my JVC GY-HD110U. It's a little daunting to set up initially. But once the camera and DN-60 see each other the two work in perfect sync. When you plug in the FireWire connectors the DN-60 immediately goes into record/pause. Triggering the recorder is done through the camera or lens. The unit will notify you in the viewfinder when it is recording. To be sure, finalizing the video files and converting them to a format my editing software (FCP 7) can use are inconvenient steps (MPEG Streamclip is your friend here) but considering the low cost and that many DV/HDV camcorders have no means to record on memory cards, buying the DN-60 was a no brainer. It still beats logging and capturing video. BTW, I have used this unit in the field under hot and dusty conditions and it hasn't failed yet. However, be sure to keep the batteries fresh because the unit will start to act up if the voltage is too low.
    Date published: 2013-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Item - Once you get the hang of it I am using this with a first-generation Canon XHA1. First, the pros: - Reliably writes raw .m2t files that are easily edited and read by PCs, as well as Premiere and VLC on OSX. Put the CF card into a reader (you need an external reader), copy the files and import to edit. About an hour of HDV can be written to a 16GB CF card. Easy. No more tapes. It's like having a new camera. - Relatively small and light. Mounts with a basic ball/cold shoe mount. Uses Alkaline, NiMH or Li-On batteries - non proprietary. Good battery life. Can use simultaneously with tapes for redundancy purposes. Now, the cons: - While it always works via the manual record on the DN-60 itself & sees the DV signal, the record trigger via camera is touchy. Sometimes I could trigger record via the XHA1's record button, and other times it could not. Looking at my XHA1 manual, I found out that the camcorder was looking for a record/pause mode. Solution: Manually power on the DN-60 and ensure it is on the Record option. Then, press the scroll dial once to put it in record/pause mode. Power on the XHA1. It may take up to 10 seconds to handshake. You can still record immediately using the DB-60's button, though, so it's mostly a convenience issue. - The make media files option takes a minute or two to work before you can transfer files. Again, a convenience issue. Just don't forget to do it - it's easy to do. - The scroll wheel/LCD interface is pretty 1990's. It works, but is a pain when you get into reviewing clips, changing bins, and other functions. - SanDisk. Only SanDisk. It wouldn't even format my Transcend 32GB 600x card. For a device that just gets it done, this is a great option; there aren't any hidden costs such as cradles to buy before you can camera mount, or expensive proprietary batteries. It even comes with firewire cables and a 16GB/1 hour CF card to get you running. Put in batteries, turn it on, get the settings right on the device and your camera, and go. I am using my XHA1 again on a daily basis, and am far more productive. It sees 60i and 24f with no problems, and has been very reliable.
    Date published: 2013-11-15
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