proficient camcorder for small-to-medium market commercials?

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      I’ve been directing local news for a few years, but just graduated college and am wanting to make a switch to local production/marketing companies. I know a couple of local business owners who have agreed to let me shoot commercials for them to help build my portfolio as i start applying for these positions. I use final cut pro and the adobe suite on my 20 inch imac. I just received a lot of graduation money, and I am wondering what camcorder would be proficient enough to shoot professional quality commercials for the smaller-sized market. I’m thinking anywhere in the 800 – 1300$$ range would be great. I appreciate any advice you can give – thanks!

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      I’ll let others speak to the camera suggestions, but of you’re looking to do commercials, don’t forget you royalty free assets – Music, titling software, motion backgrounds, etc…

      There are free pieces of the above (do a forum search – there are plenty of message threads) but I have found a few gems for reasonable prices or even free:

      Titling – Bluff Titler (if you have access to a PC – or Wildform FX Pro (

      Stock Video:

      As I said, a search of VM will come up with many resources:

      And my favorite for royalty free assets (titling backgrounds, music, you-name-it) is Digital Juice ( – They offer an amazing selection and some of the best VALUE in RF assets around.

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      Thanks for the resources – my wife gave me some that she uses as high school teacher – but they are very high on the cheese factor. I took your advice and did a forum search, and found a lot of threads on this -and also a website you had suggested to compare camera models – thanks again. I think I made up my mind to just borrow a camera/lighting kit from my alma mater, do the two commercials for my portfolio, and then begin submitting my resume -and/ or – keep my eye out for a cheap, but decent camera like ones suggested on these forums for others on Ebay and craigslist. To all moderators and frequent posters – thanks, your library of advice/knowledge has been helpful –

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