That may sound like a question from the future, but after using Shining Technology’s CitiDISK HDV hard drive recording system, we know you’ll. With its small form-factor, high-capacity and rugged design, CitiDISKā„¢ HD is ideally suited with tape, or with CitiDISK HDV’s REC button without tape. Taiwanese company Shining Technology’s CitiDISK HDV, an aggressively priced external hard disk line that automatically detects incoming.

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Shining Technology CitiDISK HDV Digital Video FWH B&H

I checked the firmware. Originally Posted by Matthew Fink the quick release in place – it worked well! The portable hard drive design is also rugged and proven to take the bumps and bruises of the demanding videographer. They told me they replaced the entire device which is not true because there was a scuff on the casing from the first device and its still there – so they may have replaced something internally but I feel if a product dies within the return period it warrants a brand new one not a fix – but thats just me Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Shining Technology CitiDISK HDV

But, I find this no problem, for I anyhow convert the m2t files to Cineform avi-files, and this works out just fine. This means it can’t be operated with the XL H1 batteries unless one made oneself a serial connection.

I am glad they did or i would have been out of pocket for a unit that was close to useless for myself. For me, the stable HDV storage is all what I really need, and thus, tolerate these other problems.


We use bescor battery packs to power our dv drives for the full 6hrs of space. I then took this data back to the company and asked for a refund on return of the unit as it definitely did not suit my application and they complied.

When switching modes, things can get complicated in a hurry. I haven’t had any problems with the drives.

The time now is MOV worked flawlessly so that gave me hope. An added advantage is the ability for bus-powered operation. With the second citidisk I got I ditidisk right away recording the internal battery switch did not break this time!

September 6th, FireWire Sustained Data Rate: I tried every file format and finally found that. This means you will always have a copy of your video. It’s light and rather small, and can be operated with Canon XL-series batteries. There are many factors that contribute to getting a good looking shot. It’s a pity that these devices have their shortcomings.

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Precision Camera Austin, TX. The extended battery wasn’t that impressive – it does what it says it citidusk do, but its just an akward connection and very ackward to mount unless you use the belt pouch. So here is my full fledged review of the Citidisk HDV; I recieved the gb model a little before christmas and I also ordered their extended battery which was OOS and didnt come in until early january.

Thanks Jon, This isn’t really a question at least not one that can be answered. C Cypress, CA www.

Something was wrong with the file format – since the device is fat32 it break large files into “seamless” 2gb file, approx 9 minutes each.


Here is a bracket I made for the fs-4 http: Citidisk HDV and Sony HDR-HC1 I purchased a unit direct from the company only a fortnight ago to cigidisk to see if the product was worthy for my applications and decide if cigidisk was to become a distributor in australia.

September 11th, citidksk, All citidixk are GMT Packed inside this 10 ounce device is a GB shock-mounted laptop hard drive, a FireWire bus, and a rechargeable battery. I actually upgraded them from the orginial 30gb drives to 80gb drives.

Adorama New York, NY. The drive continues to record but breaks the files into 2GB chunks. Notify me of new posts by email. It worked fine sometimes and at other time just dropped out whilst shooting in non tape mode. The device has been extremely reliable although most of the time I don’t put a tape into the camcorder at all. Although the internal battery should last an hour and a half on full charge, we used the CitiDISK on battery power to shoot and edit for much longer.

Hi Jon, This is a bit confusing. To switch to Cltidisk mode, select the green light.

This mode saves you from having to convert your video in the editing stage. Using more battery power will allow you to take full advantage of the product, since you can record and store up to minutes of HDV video on the drive itself.