1. Can you plug a Scarlet 2/3 fixed lens camera into a computer (or portable hard drive) with a Firewire, USB, or Ethernet cable and record the footage that way rather than buying a prioritized Compact Flash component for the Scarlet? If this were possible, it would drastically cut costs for us poor student filmmakers. USB 2.0 problably doesn't have a sufficient data rate, but I think Firewire, Ethernet, ATA-133, or SATA-150 would be able to do it. For that matter, what manner of connector will the Scarlet actually use to send its data to the compact flash?
2. Regarding the above quote, can you do without an LCD screen for monitoring? I mean would it be possible, however awkward, to output SD/HD video live to a digital camcorder and use that for monitoring purposes. A similar question, what kind of data transfer protocol/cable will the Scarlet use to send data to its prioritized LCD screens? Is it something standard that could be tapped into, or is it prioritized? Will the Scarlet have any traditional S-Video or Firewire outputs?
3. Am I right in assuming that the Red Handle is necessary component to compliment the brain? Also, does it provide power for the camera (as implied on the Scarlet webpage) or is it also necessary to buy a battery pack along with the brain?
Of course I realize some of my ideas here would be clumsy, if not technicaly impossible. But I am just trying to figure out ways filmmaking students like myself can afford the most basic entry level of this amazing technology.
Sorry for all the questions.
Any kind of hint or response in this regard would be immeasurably appreciated.
Thanks for making the Cinema-scape a better place!
Jeffrey J. Reale
P.S. Just to avoid confusion, I'm not the same Jeff that Jarred Land is responding to up there; I am not disappointed.