Reply To: Hoping to start recording Football matches


You are doing a production module? Surely the uni is the sensible source of information? What kit do you use and are familiar with there? Do they use 150 quid cameras? Even with the downgrading of camera skills so journalists can use equipment themselves, there are quality standards that have to be met. Magnus is heavy on promoting Veo – which at two grand plus a subscription is somewhat overkill, and NOT what a journalist actually wants anyway.

The Pansonic handicam is a nice camera, but I don’t know anything about the other brand. What I do know is that for sport, especially football, these cameras are pretty rubbish. Not the picture quality, but because they are point and shoot cameras with auto focus. You need a decent support – so a tripod that will cost probably half the price of the camera for a basic wobbly one. Zoom is quite unpredictable with the small lever, so smooth zooms in and out, necessary to track players as they move across the pitch are very difficult. The zoom range is also pretty limited for a full size football pitch – especially if you are in the stands. 16-20X would be useful, but with the small sensor, depth of field can cause grief, and these cameras have to go OUT of focus to go back into sharp focus which looks horrible. You can pick up real cameras like J~VC 500/5000 series SD for silly money on Ebay, but of course they are 4:3 and use tape – although you can use the firewire out to a recorder. An HD 16:9 camera like the JVC 100/200 series can be got for your kind of budget, if again you can live with tape. If you want real lenses, record to card cameras, then you need to add a 0, and five hundred quid for a tripod. Handicams are great for some things but sport is real stretch for them. Ask your college tutors. Your chosen edit platform may also need to be considered – AVCHD is not for some, the most easy standard to edit with.

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