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- August 26, 2007 at 1:06 PM #43590mossflatParticipant
I have some concerns about making the switch to HD. My buddies and I all acquire footage on miniDV – and today I edit with Premier 6.0 – everything works flawlessly. As of now I find myself in need of a new camera – and was considering the GL2. I see there are several (high end consumer?) HD cameras less than $1500. Should I go with HD and spend the extra bucks on editing software upgrade? Lets say I have a $2000 budget. Keeping in mind all my buddies will still have MiniDV’s so I’d have to mix formats – and if DV goes away we’d all have to make the switch to HD camcorders eventually. Is now the time or should I stick with the GL2 and switch when HD is more mainstream?
If you recommend switching now then can you enlighten me on potential software upgrades? I’m not a cutting edge guy – I like things that work everytime without glitches.
I would also keep in mind you may need a hardware upgrade. ie. processor and mobo. HDV also will take a little more hard drive space than dv.
I know Final Cut Studio 2 will allow mixed formats on a time line. You will have to render on output though.
I believe CS3 will allow you the same options. When I get it ion a few weeks I will test and let ya know…
If you get a HDV camcorder it uses MiniDV tapes. They all can (at least every one I have used check with your cam to be sure) play back regular DV. I am shocked that you have had no problems with premiere 6. That was a horrible release of premiere. It did not really get good until it was re-writen as Premiere Pro. That being said I think that you will have a better experience with the updated software. It has gotten a lot better in the past 7 years. As far a computer needed HDV does require a faster computer than Standard DV. The disk space and speed requirements are exactly the same. DV is 25mbit per second and HDV is the same 25mbit per second (19.7mbit for 720p)
I’m not too concerned about the computer – the one I have now I built myself in 2002. I am running 3 internal hard drives plus 1 esternal – which is enough to edit about 3 projects plus backups. If I need to upgrade processor speed or RAM that’s easy enough.
Do you have an opinion about the cameras? For example will an eviro stack up against a GL2? I do a lot of low light work – so that’s a priority.
Thanks for the help!
Oh yea – as for Premier 6.0 – that’s all I’ve ever used and I still haven’t learned all of it’s capabilities. I would like something that can do better effects –
If low light is a priority than the Gl2 is not really a good choice.
Everybody will agree that Sony has always been the best when it comes to low light. I have always been impressed with it’s capabilities even when I was forced max out the gain. It also has the best minimum illumination at 1 lux whereas the Gl2 is way up there at 6 lux.
I would suggest a VX2000 or VX2100 since they are in the same price range as the Gl2. You won’t be dissapointed. If you can, the PD-150 is a little better but the price is a little higher. The main advantage of this camera is the XLR audio inputs and the shot gun mic.
DV isn’t likely to ‘go away’ any time soon in the sense that you won’t be able to find tapes for it, but it is becoming less desirable compared to HD recording options. Also note that most HDV cameras have the ability to record and output in DV mode in case you don’t want to fuss with HDV for a particular project, or you can record in HDV and capture/edit as widescreen DV. Unfortunately, HDV cameras don’t work as well in dim light as some DV cameras, and this is particularly true for the inexpensive HDV cameras using single CMOS sensors. If you can increase your budget a little I’d recommend considering the Sony FX1: I upgraded to two of these from a Canon GL1/GL2 setup and don’t miss the old cameras – except for the fact that the FX1 has a shorter zoom range.