I am looking to upgrade from a sony pro-sumer mini dv to a professional model Canon BUT as technology seems to be moving away from tape, I was hoping to find a model that would record to hard drive. Canon does not seem to offer the pro models with a hard drive, only mini hd tape. What would be the best route for me to go to get high quality images with ease of inputting for editing?
Also, I often get requests to videotape events. As these situations do not call for editing, simply putting the recording on a format that the consumer can view at home (dvd), I want to minimize my post production time. With the mini dv I currently use, I have to import all of the footage into the computer, put it together in final cut, and export to dvd. All time consuming. Can anyone recommend a way around this while still getting good quality? I have even considered the cameras that record straight to dvd, but they all seem to be low end consumer models and I was not sure how good a quality the end product would be. Suggestions? <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>
<span style="white-space: pre;">A</span>s the rest of my work is specialty pieces that require considerable editing, I was hoping to find a camera that would allow me to do both. It is cost prohibitive to have to buy a separate camera for each application, not to mention a lot of gear to haul around.