After more than a decade and barely even using it, I finally laid to rest the worst investment of my life. My Sony DCR-IP5 camcorder.
I have to say, Sony’s MicroMV technology was a failure. At that time around the year 2000, I thought it was a hip device much like Apple’s devices are now considering that it was small and its tape was a very tiny version of the betamax.
This input medium did not last long though as the proliferation of USB drives having huge space eventually were incorporated into devices to store huge amount of music and videos so it was not surprising to me that MicroMV will eventually die.
I was actually surprised to find out that Sony stopped manufacturing MicroMV devices last 2006. RIP Sony DCR-IP5. I barely used this camcorder anyway because it was also tedious to convert it to AVI format. I was restricted to using its MovieShaker software which was already buggy to begin with.
The fact that it did not even support Adobe Premier all the more made it difficult. Sure, it supported this and a few other ULead supported software but the fad that was MicroMV already died down.
Eventually, I decided to send it to a recycle bin so that it can be discarded in an environmentally safe way.
Farewell DCR-IP5. Even though I did not get to use it that much, it did make me look hip for a few years when I used it;).
Back when I bought a Sony MicroMV video camcorder, it was very expensive. It was the very first model and it boasted that it was the smallest and lightest video camcorder out. Even until now, its tape is the smallset that I have seen out there. Think of it as a miniature betamax tape. Honestly, it had been my dream to buy something expensive to serve as a remembrance of the fruits of my labor haha. The camcorder looks very chic and it works ok. The only problem was how to convert the video into a file. It comes with its own editing software but the problem is, the camcorder does not work with other video editing softwares. I don’t know why Sony did this on purpose. The program didn’t impress me. It crashed a lot of times especially since I had a slow PC back then. I only got to use my camcorder a few times, probably like 7x. If anyone is interested in buying it, let me know. I bought it at 1,500$ (75k pesos) in 2002 and had kept it since. I’m selling it at 40k including 3 miniature video tapes for recording, 5 batteries (4 brand new) and 1 tape cleaner with its accompanying cables and softwares (only for people in Cebu, Philippines). Do not fret about converting the video because now, it works well with Mac’s iMovie 08. A lot of users had posted testimonials that it is now compatible with iMovie 08 so it’s good news for all MicroMV owners. I’m not saying this is a bad model or what. I just have no use for a video camcorder and I can’t figure out why of all the things, I bought this one instead. I guess it is because I’m a sucker for tiny gadgets that are chic. If you want to buy it from me, contact me and please let me know. Thanks!