Hank did make a great poin


Hank did make a great point, which I agree with, though I don’t think I explained it very well earlier.

Buy something. Your kids will keep growing, and events will keep happening. Find a good camera, and get it.

My point on the whole High def issue was simply that if you have a limited budget and you might only have one chance to buy a camera, I would personally stick to SD ("Standard") cameras for now, and wait until the shakedown on HD ends, so you’re not left with a camera that won’t be compatible with anything 3-5 years from now. Believe me, this is never fun. Before I was behind cameras, I was in front of them, doing commercials and short segments on a local news station for a short time many years ago. When I left, I took all of my material in the Beta Format, because with the better quality, we all assumed that Beta would be more popular that VHS. Today, I can’t show anyone any of my old videos (which is actually a good thing, because I always thought I did a terrible job). Sure I could buy a beta player and transfer it, but the point is, I put my work onto what I thought would become a standard, and it never developed.

More recently, How many Laser Disc players do you see around? When they first came out, everyone loved them. I remember seeing some movies in the rental store available on the laser videodisc. It was funny because they had these huge discs or the VHS tapes for rental. Then, as quickly as the laser disc came on the scene, the Digital Video Disc came out, and Laser Disk was history.

There are three or four different formats of HD out there right now, and several different HD players. If you buy an HD camera, you’ll need to buy a special burner to make Hi-def videos and you’ll need to buy a special player to play them. A regular DVD burner or a DVD player only do standard quality video.

So you go out, spend several thousand dollars on a HD Camcorder, and several hundred dollars on a HD burner and player. In two years, someone’s idea becomes the "standard" Hi-Def format is for consumer/prosumer cameras, and if it’s not the stuff you bought, you now have to either keep using a dying format, or you need to spend thousands more on new cameras, and hundreds more on new burners/players.

Yes, they are always coming out with new ideas. That’s why you don’t see floppy drives on new computers, or 8 tracks in car audio. but my point is that the Hi-def standard itself is still VERY young, and one solid standard hasn’t emerged yet, though the day is coming soon.

As a guy with a box full of Beta tapes and the odd Laser Disc or two, I’ve learned my lesson, and I’m not personally or as a business ready to invest in the consumer/prosumer grade market just yet. Maybe sometime soon, but not quite today.

I sure hope I explained that okay this time πŸ™‚

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