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- June 25, 2008 at 2:53 AM #43770
Every couple days or so,some new video apprentice will post a question about what (pick one:camera, editing software, tripod, microphone, etc.) to buy.
I was thinking maybe we could all post our thoughts/opinions about this generic question here and then refer allnewbies to this post. Maybe it would save typing time? Whatever…
I’ll go first.
Hey! Welcome to the Videomaker forums! I’m a filmmaker, motion graphics designer, 3D animator and music composer.
What you’re asking isa very subjective question. I think most people are biased one way or the other. The important thing to understand is: There isNO one right camera, microphone, tripod or editing software. Here’s what I think:
1. Camera Price: You should SERIOUSLY consider using what you have already. It’s better to study it out yourself and save your money, then decide you only need Uncle Elbert’s old camera after all, then run out and buy a piece of junk.
2. HD Cameras: I use a Flash Media camera (SD) and have used it forfour of my lastsix films. I’m planning on using it for myseventh. It’s good enough for me.I think HD is partly just a way for employers to weed out the pros from the amateurs. In this business, it’s “What have you done lately?” Show ’em your lastproject in SDwhich usedevery trick you could think of and you’ll probably be hired instead of the amateur with the HD camera.
3. Camera format and other features: If somebody tells you some format is better than another, then theyknow what works for them. This is called agency and everyone has it. We can choose to like brussel sprouts or hate them or not care one way or the other. Figure out what works for you and go with it.
4. Editing Software: I edited my first three films on Windows Movie Maker. There’s nothing wrong with that. Teach yourself free trials and be on the lookout for freeware. Study it out yourself. Same applies money-wise as Cameras.
Good luck! I look forward to seeing you on the forums!
Chris of Colorado 🙂
“Keep it simple, make it perfect – if you don’t have time to make it perfect, rethink the idea.”- Tony Ross on creativecow.com
I’m new and I just found this thread after starting my own. Oops. Sorry.
It would seem that the questions I’m asking have all been asked 1000times before. I’m starting from scratch so I don’t even have a camcorder yet. How do you decide on what features are primary and which ones are secondary? My goal is to produce a DVD to sell to my customers. I don’t know what medium I’ll be using so I don’t know what to get to handle and edit what I film yet. I know there are many ways to go but i don’t have the money to blow on a major mistake. If I buy too little camera, that’s not good because I’ll find out later on that I have to buy a better one. If I buy too much camera for my needs, it seems like a waste of money. I need to get some feedback on how to get a decent starting point to launch my venture. The idea is to film an instructional videothat will run for about an hour. I’ll need to know how to finda reputable company capable of producing the DVD soI can then sell it.
Any input you can offer would be awesome. Thanks in advance.
As I said before, I STRONGLY suggest studying this yourself. However, I admit that I didn’t give any leads on how to do this. OK, here are some.
1. READ, READ, READ!!! How to Make A Winning Short by Edmond Levy, The Art of Video Production by Leonard Shyles, How toMake Documentary Films and Reality Videos by Barry Hampe, Videomaker magazine, website and forums, mediacollege.com, actioncutprint.com, Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez. You will learn about other goodreadsas you readthese.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN MOVIES!!! Once you have a starting point, experiment.Most of my successful films(my 2nd, 3rd and 5th)were complete experiments.
I did these two things and it is now a year and a half later and I’ve made 6 short films, working on a bunch more. I just got a new job doing video editing. I can’t over emphasize the importance of these two things.
Thanks to maverick for helping us get going, but let’s not have this post be all me!
I’m sure FallingStarFilms has more to say. To say nothing of Aspyrider, BarefootMedia, jerronsmith, D0n, film814, robgrauert, johnboyand a bunch more out there.