I have found reviews,watched Youtube tutorials, andspent two weeksresearching and Videomaker looked like a great place to get solid competent information about my needs.
My interest is to acquire the proper equipment and software for making video productions that will go onto/within webpages, including some Youtube stuff as well.Creating DVD training disks are also part of my needs.
Researching has been helpful, but now I'm down to applying what I've learned to actually buying the equipment to accomplish the work I have planned.
The reviews I've read and viewed for the most part are only about features andnowabout how the features affect applications.
My list includes ---
Tripod - I'm looking seriously at the Velbon 7000
Green/Blue Screen Backdrops - I've found muslim 9x12s in both colors to do this at 40.00 each.
Lighting I'm looking at low cost alternatives to start no real thoughts on this at the time.
Audio-I've read aWireless Lapiere Mic kit is a best place to start
Editing softwares - I have windows movier maker with my Vista
I have purchased a very competent computerIntel Quad E6600 PRocessor, 4 gig ram, 8800 GTS 512MB video card, Abit A35Pro Mobo.
Looking at cameras I am better educated and have been able to elimate many camera candidates, but I'm still not sure about a best choice or alternative choices.
1. I don't have any idea what I'm going to need forefficient and competent webside production.
2. Iknow I needHD for production of training DVDs, but will HD work well on the Web. I do know the colorsavailble on the web arelimited.
3. I have no idea what kind of connections/ports I need on the camerato do what I plan. There are a number of things mentioned from Firewire, USB, SDI, etc. Idon't know if HDMI works both ways to record from a HD TV or play only to an HD TV,etc. I have an HDTV that uses HDMI from the Cable recorder to the TV, but that's about the extent of my HDMI knowledge.
4. I guess I'm looking for a site withshopping lists for guys like myself thatwant to make a go at Video production on a semi-professional basis...eventually becomingprofessional.
Ihave reviewed the Camcorder Sony HDR-SR12 about100 times, but when I look at all the port/connections I'm lost. It looks to be a pretty good camera going it...
I looked at the JVC GZ-HD7 and HD5, which has more connections, but review information is rather spotty. The price appears very attractive for this camera, for the more professional features it seems to provide. Then of course I don't know pee-nut from pea-nut about camcorders.
I have been reviewing the HVR-HD1000 Sony, which looks like a professional camera. I'm not sure it is, or whether it is kill or overkill for what I want to do.
I planned to spend around 1,000 on a camcorder, but I could extend that upwards to around 1,600 or even 2,000. I just can't afford to put outa 1 to 2 grand for acamera that isn't competent to do what I really need to do. I can't afford more at this time, later for sure, but not to start.
The HDD format appeals to me. I don't enjoy the prospectsto carry around a lotof tapes and stuff, whichrequire carefullyhandling and tape wind issues.
I've read alot of things about format issues. By that I meanformats work well for uploading to websites and youtube, some don't work without expensive software for edits, etc.i.e., AVCHD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4,MP3, etc. I understandit's mostly about compressionof the formatted data, but I'm kinda lost when it comes to the better choice offormat or storage media.
Currently, most of the work I will do is in a room of my house I plan to dedicate as a studio. I will do some videos outside, when I'm competent enough to do decent work. I've got pretty good camera skills as far as layout and creative issues are concerned. I just don't have the hardware/software education to get a jumpstart into this.
I wouldappreciate any linksor information to get memoving on this.