Need General Advice-JVC HM100u or Canon XHA1S & other questions

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      <span style=”font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”font-family: Helvetica;”>Forgive me for boring you with these quick background details but here goes:

      I travel globally as VP of Business Development and Director of Machine Control for Carlson Software, Inc [http://www.carlsonsw.com] and also am managing editor of http://www.MachineControlOnline.com, an online trade publication working towards advancing the positioning industry. We use RTK GPS, axial sensors, computer, sofware, DTM Surface models and hydraulic controls and other such whatnots to monitor and position heavy equipment. See my rough videos below

      http://machinecontrolonline.com/content/view/5759/180/

      http://machinecontrolonline.com/content/view/5594/180/

      http://machinecontrolonline.com/content/view/5569/180/

      Our budget is small and I do so much traveling I thought I would work toward amassing some skills out of necessity I write music and have fronted rock bands most of my life so videography is akin to other creative outlets I need.

      Okay, thats a brief background. Now my problems and I will bullet them:

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    • Bought Canon XL2 in Dec 07
    • Bought Canon 30D in Dec 07
    • Bought Mac Pro (8-core Intel) with twin 24″ Apple Cinemas Feb 08
    • Bought Adobe Master Collection CS3 March 08 (upgraded to CS4 Nov 09)
    • Bought late model MacBook Pro unibody 2.8dual core intel in Nov 08)
    • Bought Panasonic HD consumer HDC-SD9 Feb 09
    • Bought Canon SD750 Powershot April 09
    • Bought Final Cut Studio 7 last month July 09
    • I believe I am buying to bits and pieces to achieve a balance between quality without going to far. I have found Adobe to be overwhelming and the XL2 doesnt give me near as good a quality as the little consumer panasonic. The videos links above are iMovie 09, Panasonic and Screenflow to capture software video.

      I have signed up for a Lynda.com Premium account and have gone through about 10 hours of training on Final Cut Pro.

      The JVC GY HM 100u was attractive to me over XL2 Canon because of size, its HD and records direct to Final Cut Pro – saves me a lot of hotel time downloading/capturing/converting so I can go straight to editing. Again, I have other business on these trips.

      So there you have it Philip. Is the JVC right for me? Should I spring for Sony EX1? Should I continue my final cut training and perhaps take a videography field lab course? Should I hire a professional for a shoot and tag along to learn?

      I am attending the Travel Channel Academy Film School (12 hours X 4 day for 2000$ [http://www.travelchannel.com/Academy/Academy_Home?refcd=tca_com] in September so I am sure I can learn from there.

      IsupposeIam an<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>AUTO mode shooter</span>for the most of it and hope to get better. But I need to shoot footage of decent quality with amateur production, at least for now to get done what I need.

      I appreciate any help or pointers or perhaps a sympathy card πŸ™‚

      Thanks and I hope to hear from you.

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