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July 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM #68574
I HAVEN'T PURCHASED ANYTHING YET, SO LET'S START FROM BEGINING.
1) COST: I'm not looking to buy brand new, I'd rather buy something a year or two older and get a large discount. My price range is anywhere from $1000 – $3000,
2) CAMCORDER: Professional Camcorders that produce in Low Light and provide high quality picture are Extremely important to me
3) COMPUTER: I haven't bought one yet, I was going to purchase an iMac 27" w/ around 16 GB, 3 TB, and over 3.0 Ghz, I do love APPLE, but if there are better performing computers for videographers, I'm willing to listen.
4) SOFTWARE: I had just planned on getting Final Cut Pro, but if there are better software I should consider, I am listening.
I Plan on spending the next two years perfecting my art, networking, and doing projects for free or little money to build up my resume.
July 10, 2013 at 5:32 AM #208208brunerwwMember
Hi SLP – I would go with the only shoulder mounted, large sensor, interchangeable lens camcorder with pro XLR mic inputs in your price range – a used Sony NEX-EA50 for less than $3000 from Amazon or eBay.
Whether you plan to shoot commercials, weddings, events, music videos or short films, this camera will do a good all-around job.
Here is what this camera can do in low light:
That said, this camera records to AVCHD – and you may have to transcode to use it with Final Cut Pro. You may want to think about getting a less expensive Windows machine and a $252 copy of Sony Vegas Pro instead.
Hope this is helpful and good luck with your new video career!
July 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM #208215
BILL, I honestly don't know how to thank you, your information was amazing and you provided me a video to show the camera in low light. It is in my price range too. I was a little hesitant to ask on here because with so many professionals that have spent decades studying film, I didn't want to be labeled as some new guy that doesn't know anything, but steals business aways from the pros. I have a Master's in Health Promotion and hold the most coveted training certification one can obtain, so it's extremely annoying when a kid goes out and gets his 3 month certificate to become a personal trainer, and then thinks he knows everything about exercise and nutrition. I don't really understand what you mean by having to transcode to use it with final cut pro. I also have been seeing the term AVCHD a lot and it seems like a great term. My goal is to eventually record documentaries of my clients as I train them to show their transformation. Thanks so much for your help.
July 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM #208217composite1Member
You might want to take a look at the JVC GY-HM70U HD camera. It's half the price of a used NEX new and you don't have to worry about getting someone's junk. Since it looks like you're starting out, this rig will be a lot easier for you to handle and it exceeds the requirements you mentioned wanting. JVC is interfaced with Apple (annyoingly so) so you shouldn't have any trouble with transitioning footage back and forth. Good software for a beginner like yourself is Adobe Elements (Premiere) for mac / PC or Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum HD (PC). Either program has great functions but are 'watered down' for the beginner to learn and get rolling quickly. FCX is an advanced program and you'll be pulling your hair more than editing as a beginner. Mac or PC you have plenty of options to get started. Keep in mind though, you don't want to blow your budget on just the camera! You're going to need support gear as well. Extra batteries, SD Cards, a tripod, camera bag, at least one UV Haze lens filter, a decent pair of headphones (not $%#@! ear buds) and a mic kit will be items you'll be shooting for first. On top of that will be your computer and NLE software. In your case, you may be better off with a laptop. Something with the juice to push video and don't forget the external drive whether you get a desk or laptop!
July 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM #208222
COMPOSITE1, what you said is perfect, thank you. One thing I have to keep in mind is that my first few years I am going to be working on perfecting my craft, won’t have clients, and if I find clients, probably won’t be able to charge them if at all because I have no experience yet. So I am hesitant to spend a lot on a camera when I’m not going to really be making any money off of it initially. As I build up my resume, I will be able to start charging, but by then I will probably want a new camera anyways, so spending a lot on something now may not be best decision. Right now I am just wanting to get educated.
I have a list of everything I will be needing, and you gave me a few other things to keep in mind. Thanks so much for helping me.
September 4, 2013 at 4:31 AM #208573KieferParticipant
Keep us updated with how your getting on SLP
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