I believe, when he stated


I believe, when he stated that he wanted to work on "indie films"…he meant just that…an independently produced film. This does not require the most expensive camera to achieve interesting results…especially if this is going to be his first short film (which I would definately advise him to start with, instead of a full feature). You must realize, he is new to filmmaking…he is not a veteran filmmaking looking to upgrade his equipment. Advising him to purchase the latest and the greatest before he has even written a screenplay…or even planned out any sort of film idea…let alone before he has had ample experience, is not very wise. If one has the ability to use post production (editing)…if one can become talented in such an area, a highly advanced camera is obviously less needed(when you can produce a more professional looking piece of work with editing). Thanks

compusolver Wrote:

While this post is growing whiskers (the student has undoubtedly already made his purchase by now), I’d like to thank the above poster (WCphotography) for his well-argued, but mis-guided post.

Please note that the original poster wrote:

I plan to use this for Indie films

..thus implying that his videos will be competing against many others that are produced with quite professional equipment.

There is no way he’s going to compete on any where near equal footing with a cheap 1-chip camera. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’d be confident in guessing that 1-chip camcorder videos do not win many indie festivals.

Until you’ve used a consumer camcorder in a futile attempt to produce a professional video, you may not understand where I’m coming from, but it is cheaper to buy the proper gear the first time around, than to first purchase a camcorder that won’t do the job, then have to unload it and buy what you should have purchased in the first place.

If I recall, you posted elsewhere, earlier today, asking about a sub-thousand dollar camcorder. You are a professional photographer who is looking to add video to your work. It is not likely that you, or your clients, will be satisfied with video shot on a $999 camcorder. It would be interesting to have you post back here, six months from now with your experience.

Best of luck to you!

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