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September 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM #43822AnonymousInactive
Hello All, I am a forum newbie, But I have been shooting weddings since vhs camcorders came out. I currently use vx2000 sony and Gl2. I haven;t kept up with current trends as I also shoot photography and do some DJ work..Yes I am spread thin..My question for the more knowledgable than I is…what would be a good camera or 2 to jump up from my current? my prefs..HD, full size if available,Mini DV.
manual as well as auto settings. I don;t know what pricing is like these days but I would like to stay under 3 k ea.? doable? My local seller says the new vx2100 But I really would like a larger shoulder heft model?? or do I? :-)(
Thanks for any feedback…Harry
September 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM #183672RobParticipant
The Sony HVR HD1000U and the Panasonic AG-HMC70U are your only choices for shoulder mounted HD cameras under 3 grand.
September 16, 2008 at 7:16 PM #183673AnonymousInactive
One more topic to discuss…Would I get better quality shooting and editing in HD and then converting to sd at mix? Or stick with SD hi end cameras and see it through to the end????
September 16, 2008 at 8:53 PM #183674RobParticipant
Technically, shooting and editing in HD and then down-converting to SD for delivery will give you better results than just shooting strait SD because when it comes to the compression stage, you are starting with more information. However,I think this whole situation depends on how skilled you are and how good your equipment is.
My one engineering teacher said he has shot very good SD that looks comparable to HD. He claims the key is to have a decent camera body (I believe in his example he mentioned Ikegami) and high quality lenses from manufacturers like Zeiss, Schneider, Fujinon, and Canon. Also, you can’t just get good equipment and expect to have awesome results either. You’ve got to know how to light as well.
So basically, shooting with a camera like the Canon XH A1 and editing the HDV codec then down-converting to SD for delivery probably isn’t as good as shooting SD with an Ikegami and Zeiss lenses.
Buuuuut, shooting with the Canon XH-A1, editing HDV and down-convert to SD will be better than shooting SD with a GL2 or even an XL2 or any 1/3″ CCD camera.
So I guess the question to ask is: What kind of work are you doing? Are you doing the kind of work where it makes sense to get an Ikegami with badass lenses? Or are you doing lower end work where you primarily uses handheld cameras. If you make commercials, or do corporate video, or other things of that nature, I’d say stick with a high end SD camera with nice glass. If you’re doing lower end work, then shooting the HDV codec (or even XDCam HD) and then down converting to SD for delivery is a good route.
***Keep in mind that we’ve all been watching SD our whole lives, and it’s been perfectly acceptable. So don’t fall into the mindset that you need HD to make great video. Also keep in mind that just cause you’re shooting in HD doesn’t mean you’re quality is going to increase. Your image might be a little more clear, but you could still totally be talentless and waste all your money trying to impress people with HD equipment.***
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