I'm new on here, so be gentle :) I'm just getting back into filming after many years, the last time I was on an official course in TV & Film production we were using betamax!
I've recently been tasked with the honour of producing a DVD for a voluntary group I work with and have so far managed to get the following items: A Toshiba K80HE Camcorder (just won on ebay and awaiting) and a copy of Pinnacle Studio 14 HD.
I'm on a really tight budget hence the cheaper model HD camcorder, but as I progress further into this hobby I'd like to look at upgrading as I go.
On the basis that my budget for cameras is around the 200 mark, I'm obviously interested in second-hand models and was wondering how the quality of different formats compared? I have an old JVC VHSC model I got in New York around 13 years ago, and although it works fine, the picture quality and mono sound aren't going to make a good DVD.
So if I was looking at a good semi-pro camera a few years old, what format would still give the quality needed for DVD production? Hi8, MiniDV, Digital 8 etc?
I'm ideally after a full sized unit rather than the compact models as I already have a good solid tripod and intend to use it.
Thanks guys, any advice greatly appreciated.