>>Norman I can’t rem


>>Norman I can’t remember if it was this thread or the To Build or Not to Build thread, but yes I am a man of faith and I have been praying for this whole process. Thank you for your prayers on this. Thank you everybody for all or your replies and information! I will probably start a new thread on what is the best HD Camera to get for Vegas next week. I just want to take it one day at a time and just let it happen.

Hi Chad.

I am glad to hear that, and will keep you in prayer. As long as you keep listening, He will keep guiding.

You can probably tell that Comp knows a lot more about this stuff than I do. I would give his recommendations a lot more weight than mine, but it can alsosometimes be good to get the perspective from another beginner, because I talk in beginner’s terms.

Sony Vegas is good in that it handles all formats. One of the things about Vegas is that they are an ‘all in one’, whereas the Adobe and Vegas packages have more ‘speciality’ tools. Sony also has specialty tools, but there is nothing you cannot begin with in Vegas; and as Comp says, the price is very reasonable.

I am starting with Sony, but am also keeping my mind open to the idea ofadding Adobe and thenAvid as time goes on. One reason for picking Sony as a starting point was that I already had it (I bought it and our cameras for someone who was going to help, but who then flaked out on me), and also because it is supposed to be the easiest thing to initially learn. I will say that I am getting a ton of good information from the Class On Demand Vegas 4.0 Editing Workshop with Douglas Spotted Eagle.


It is expensive, but it helps get one up to speed very quickly. Training is invaluable, and I would think that if you would go through that, it will put you a cut above some who have never taken any kind of instruction, because he really digs in and hits some specifics. Highly recommended.

Depending on the kind of work you are hoping to do, I would start with Sony Vegas, and then keep an open mind towards adding more tools as you go. Sound Forge is excellent for creating surround sound work. Acid Pro is excellent for creating your own musical pieces (although you can do that in Vegas as well…just more so in Acid). Cinescore will help you add Midi-type music to you productions, say if you do wedding videos.

Just let me say here that Sony is optimized for AMD chips. I chose Intel chips, however, because Sony also works on Intel, and the other software that I eventually hope to migrate to (i.e., Premiere, Avid) is optimized for Intel.

I read on another forum that Sony cameras and Sony Creative Software do not necessarily talk with each other. They are two separate companies underneath the Sony umbrella. I heard that Sony makes excellent cameras, but they do not necessarily work any better with Vegas than any other brand.(One of the things that Sony focuses on is interoperability withall formats.)

You can get lots of different camera types. DV=SD =standard definition. I would avoid that.

HD is different than HDV is different then AVCHD (flash memory). I do not know your budget, but if you can afford it, try to get a professional grade model with XLR (pro microphone) hookups. The overall quality will be higher, and you can do more with it as timegoes on.Avoid 720i or 720p (lower resolution). Avoid 1080i (interlaced). Try to find 1080p. There is a debate about tape versus flash. If you go tape, you have to feed the tape in, which means you can get to work on it slower. Also, the tapes cost. However, then you have the tape there as a backup. If you go AVCHD (flash and hard disk drive) then you can get started almost right away (just hookyour camcorder to your machine). However, then you have to burn the data to tape, or else keep it all on hard drives (which is way more expensive than tape: and hard drives [hdd’s] fail). So that is a toss-up, but I am not unhappy with tape at all. Just use a good quality HDV tape (which is thicker than SD/DV tape). I get mine from http://www.tapeonline.com. They seem to have the best prices. Shipping is not ultra-swift, so just be sure to order a little ahead.

Just so I’ve told you, if I had to purchase a smaller, less expensive camcorder right now, I would probably purchase a Canon Vixia HG21 in AVCHD,but only because I already have redundant hdd (hard drive) backup, and can also burn backups to tape via my other camcorder.


I read in a magazine (Videography) that AVCHD is a slightly cleaner picture than HDV; so since the quality is better, and quality is the main thing, I would find some way to jump through the hoopsof backing it up. You can also purchase anti-static hdd cases, and then get a ‘toaster’ hdd dock.


However, if you are on a budget then you might want to research an HDV camcorder, because then you have the initial tape footage for backup (in case something goes down…which it eventually will), and also you can also burn the final project to tape.

As CraftersOfLight said, you will get about a bazillion opinions on what is best, so of course, the main thing is just to keep on praying, and let Him guide you day by day.


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