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Amatuer Director needs advice regarding camera and editing

ReghuShankerR's picture
Last seen: 6 years 1 month ago
Joined: 03/18/2008 - 6:12am

I am an amatuer director,I have done few shortfilms some with simple handy cams and some by hiring professional cinematographers.Now I am thinking about buying a camcorder so that I can do it myself and edit the video myself.My next project involves a lot of stylish sequences and execellent editing.What kind of camera would you guys recommend,I want minimum 3CCD(my budget is bw $700 and $900) video quality so that if needed i can air it in channels.I also request you guys to recommend some easy to use professional editing software,right now I am using Vegas and I had a hard time using it.I expect the the video to have filmy look removing the shakes and all....!

I hope you guys will help me .



chrisColorado's picture
Last seen: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 04/03/2008 - 10:48pm

A lot of people like Final Cut Pro.

If that's too expensive, try a later version of Vegas. I personally REALLY LIKE Vegas, but a lot of people I know thought version 6 was awful. I've heard that version 8 is way better.

Good luck!


BarefootMedia's picture
Last seen: 7 years 3 months ago
Joined: 01/13/2007 - 8:13pm

I've been using Vegas since I started non-linear editing. I've upgraded a couple of times, so I'm currently running Vegas Studio 6.0 and creating custom DVD's with DVD Architect Studio 3.0 on both of my computers (desktop & laptop.) Last summer I produced a series of talk shows on locations around the city. I shot with 3 cameras recording continuously, added lower third graphics, created pure graphic segments, EFXed performance segments in & out and mixed the audio as if I had a separate mixer, fine tuning mic levels during the interviews and adding music. The resulting programs played back on the City's government channel for a month at a time.

To get the "filmy" look you want will most likely require a plug-in, whatever video editing software you decide to use. But I'm thinking you are confused about what editing can do, because "removing the shakes and all....!" is the job of the camera operator. Any post EFX you use to steady out the shot will result in a loss of image quality. And most likely not be able to achieve the results people seem to expect. Remember the old adage, you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. And I'm curious about where you are hoping to distribute the video where 3 chip resolution is actually required. For cablecasting and DVD production, I relied upon one chip camcorders for years with no complaints. But I do make certain the scene well lit before shooting. Which brings me to my real point, the quality difference between a 3 chip camcorder in the less than $1000 range and a one chip camcorder in the over $500 range is arguable. But one thing is certain, that 3 chip camcorder will not have anywhere near the low-light capacity. On the other hand, in good lighting conditions the colors from the 3 chip camcorder cannot be equaled by any single chip model.

But as far as broadcast stations are concerned, an under $1000 three chip camcorder isn't any better than a single chip model. But spending your money on a single chip camcorder will likely net you increased control over camera functions, especially the audio options. And if you can get a cheaper camera, you can buy some decent lighting and get better microphones. And twenty plus years of work with beginning producers has repeatedly shown, it doesn't matter how good the cameras are if the scene is badly lit and you can't understand the talent. Light & sound make high quality video even on consumer quality gear.

Hope this isn't too late for you to consider. And be sure to post a link to your creation once you're done with it.


FallingStarFilms's picture
Last seen: 6 years 1 week ago
Joined: 04/09/2008 - 12:01am

"it doesn't matter how good the cameras are if the scene is badly lit"

Reminds me of my favorite quote in filmmaking

"The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting."

Larry Flint


film814's picture
Last seen: 6 years 2 months ago
Joined: 02/04/2008 - 12:33pm

Definitely stay with Vegas. The system requirements are very reasonable even for editing HD and HDV. It is also very stable. I have used Vegas Pro for years.

Jeremy