Hi everybody! I'm new in the forum and unexperienced in videomaking.
I'm planning a big bicycle journey in central Asia with documentary purposes, you can check details at cycloscope.weebly.com. We're lookingfor a ultra light camera with semi-professional image quality and a reasonable price (<1.000€). Our interest is not to film from bicycles (or at least, to film few frames from the bicycles) but to have beautiful colours and good audio quality.
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Having shot many doc's in my career I find them much 'easier' to make than narrative films in that you often need far less resources and can pretty much just 'take off and go shoot' with a lot less effort. Where the 'easy' part ends with doc's is when it comes time to get chained to an NLE and you hear the editing bay door slam shut behind you! Trying to 'script' a doc is at best foolhardy (not the words I want to use mind you.) Documentaries have the powerful ability to 'create their own story' without a lot of input from the filmakers or editors.
I'm new to Videomaker and am totally unsaavy when it comes to technology. What professional video cameras do you recommend? I'd like to spend around $3,000. I'd say my max is $5-6K. I am going to be using it to make a documentary and several short films so I'd like quality that would provide me with footage professional enough to submit to film festivals. If I need to spend more that 3k, that is ok.
Also, is HD the best and newest out now? I want to have whatever is most up to date.