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I dunno if it’s just me or what. But I just googled the model you have, and I can’t help but wonder why people buy camcorders that are obviously consumer level and then seem to expect a lot out of the camera. It’s not just you, I see this a lot. I mean seriously, look at what pros use, and then look at what you have. What do you expect?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t at all think that if you buy good equipment, you’re going to be good at making videos. That’s not at all what I’m saying. It’s that people expect features on consumer products that consumers don’t need. Not many average consumers need manual focus, or mic jacks, or even know what a lens hood is. So why expect it on products that are clearly consumer.
I understand you said you got this as a beginner, but became too advanced for it. Everyone progresses; I get that. But to use myself as an example, when I first started video, I knew I was serious about it. So I saved up and threw down a few grand for a GL2, accessories, and a laptop. I too eventually became too advanced, but I realized in the beginning that I was serious about video and made sure not to get a camera that was too consumer, but not too professional either since I was just starting out. You gotta think about the future. Last week I just upgraded to a Sony PD170, but I got it used. Why? Because I know pretty soon I’m going to want to get an HD camera. So why drop so much money on a new camera if I want to get an HD camera sometime soon anyway? See…I thought about the future. I got something that suits me for now, but tried not to create a major setback as far as saving up for HD.
I understand that when I was saving up for my camera I was still in high school and had parents to put food in my stomach and a roof over my head. I realize it may be harder for other people to save up for better stuff. But if you are truly serious about video/film making, I think you’ll find a way to make it happen. I mean, if you’re a typical american, I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of useless shit around your house. Sell that and get some better equipment or something. Or ride a bike or take the bus to save gas money. Or quit smoking. Buy generic food and don’t eat atrestaurants. Whatever your situation is, I’m sure there is a solution to saving money.
And as far as you guys wanting to be Hollywood filmmakers, I’m totally for people having big dreams and working hard to get to where they want to go. But also realize that you don’t have to work in Hollywood to make good money. And to use myself as an example once again, I’m 21 years old and currently working on a project for Reebok, which is something not many 21 year olds have an opportunity to do. Remember how I just mentioned that I’m saving up for an HD camera? I’ll have that in no time, but that’s besides the point. What I’m saying is, you don’t need to be George Lucas to make good money.
ps. sorry if i’m coming off as cocky by using myself as an example too. I’m just trying to provide some real-life examples.