Thinking about switching to HD.

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    • #43954

      I’m new here so bare with me. And thanks for any advice.

      I have been using VX2100’s for about 3 years now for my Wedding Videography business. I absolutely love them. I am thinking about slowly switching to HD. Can you recommend a good camera for Wedding Videography. Obviously something in low light.

      Also the format?

      There are so many HD formats; HDV, AVCHD, etc.

      Which is the best and why (or more importantly) which gives the best output when it’s time to edit. Which is less troublesome?

      Thanks everyone.

    • #184188

      Whats your budget?

      In my opinion, the new Panasonic HPX300 is perfect for small business. Yea, it’s 10 grand, but it comes with a real lens, it’s shoulder mounted, which is how a camera should be, it records to P2 cards, so you can incorperate a tapeless workflow, and it records so many formats: AVC-Intra 100/50, DVCPro HD, DVCPro50, and DVCPro.

      HDV and AVCHD are crappy, I wouldn’t look into them unless you have no choice due to your budget. XDCam HD is a little better, but it’s still a GOP codec….

    • #184189

      To answer your question about which formats are the best, look up GOP vs Intraframe compression. GOP codecs are not good to edit. You would have to transcoded to an intraframe codec during the capture if you shot in a GOP codec to avoid image crappyness.

    • #184190

      Thank you. I did the research on the two compressions. That was very interesting. Are there any more-affordable cameras that use Intraframe? 2-3k range? Thanks for the input.

    • #184191

      Yea, DVCProHD is an intraframe format. So should look into the Panasonic HVX200a or HPX170, I don’t think they’re under 3K though. If you can’t afford those cameras, you may be able to record HDV and transcode the footage to DVCProHD if you’re editing software allows for that. What do you edit with?

    • #184192

      Hey I’m in the same price range and I have decided on the JVC GY-HD110u. It uses a real lens, is shoulder mounted, and has two built in xlr inputs. The biggest setback it the fact that it is HDV and a lot of people belive tape is on the way out…I agree but not quickly enough that it’s time to stop buying tape camcorders. Most of the cameras offering solid-state recording are either in the several thousand range or in the consumer “handheld” range.

      You might also want to check out the Panasonic AG-HMC70. It is shoulder as well and records in AVCHD and has XLR input, but it’s dog-mess ugly (not that that matters) and the manual controls are very limited.

      There’s my opinion. Hope you have good luck finding a new rig.

    • #184193

      What is a “real” lens as opposed to, say, a FAKE lens?

    • #184194

      Ha Ha I was using robgrauert’s terminology. an “interchangeable” lens.

    • #184195

      yea, you never heard the term “real lens?” It isn’t simply interchangeable. It’s a lens with manual zoom, focus, andaperture — probably back focus and macro too. The lens on an XL2…not a real lens. The lens on a JVC200…real lens. You’re smart Earl, surely you can see the difference.

    • #184196

      There are some HD tape now did you know ?

      I think its sony HDCAM SR , they still use tape whit an awsome mb per second rate in HD, this is still 100x better than any p2 media or hard drive.

      The things you should look at when you will make your final choice are.

      – Maximum Bitrate for maximum quality.

      – 3CCD minimum look for 2/3 if its possible, but 1/2 will do the job. But 1/3 will not be cool in your low-light environement

      You have been working whit video whit 3 years, i think the sony ex3 will do the job, its not that expensive and you should not get lost in the menu. Maybe also buy 2 different lense, one more wide and one for zoom in and to give you less depth of field when you need it.

      you should be able to get this for 13000 to 20000$ canmax ( ex3 cam whit 2 lens )

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