Videomaker – Learn video production and editing, camera reviews › Forums › General › Video and Film Discussion › My budget just dropped to $1000.00. Now which camera? › Hmmm… $1000 limit for ev
Hmmm… $1000 limit for everthing? 😕
It would be very desirable to have a camcorder that allowed you to manually adjust microphone volume. Canon used to have several in the Optura line. I’m not sure that they still offer any such products. Maybe look for a used Optura 50, 60, or 300. (BTW, the Optura’s had nice color reproduction, even though they were single CCD units.) The Panasonic DVC7 ($999.95 at B&H) I mentioned before allows manually setting mic volume, but as someone else posted, its single-CCD gives mediocre ChromaKey performance.
Regarding mics: Many handheld mics are dynamic instead of condenser. If you get a dynamic mic, see if you could try it with your camcorder 1st, to be sure the signal is strong enough. All shotgun mics I’ve seen are condenser, so their signals should be strong.
Chroma-Key.com sells 11-foot wide green fabric for $17.75/yard (+ tax and shipping, of course). I’m happy with the 11’x9′ green material I got from them. BTW, you’d have to get some lumber and make a frame.
Good luck! 🙂