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An 8mm huh? Yeah, you can still get some good looking video far as your shots go. The rules I mentioned in my previous post still apply. However, far as ‘eyecandy’ shots go a newer cam DV or HDV will beat out analog 8mm. Still though, as I said the rules still apply. You’ll have to have a handle on shootin’ with ol’ paint before you should seriously think about upgrading. Particularly when your broke.

After I left the production house I used to work for all I had was a consumer Hi8 camera. But, I learned how to best light scenes for it get the best possible focus and toughest of all was learning to accept its limitations. Try that after working with high-end broadcast video and film cameras! I ended up getting some lens adapters for it and other accessories and was able to turn out some pretty good stuff despite it not being a pro cam.

These days with the quality of many of the consumer cams under $1k, with some skills you can shoot some amazing looking stuff. Now concerning your dropping frames, that’s always been a problem with 8mm and Hi8 analog converting to digital. You might want to look into a firewire based analog to digital converter. I always keep one around for when I dig up old analog footage or a client wants some footage converted.

Normally I would say upgrade, but if you’re broke…. However, there are some workable consumer rigs for under $400 in HD that might work for you. Just remember; the cheaper the cam, the less controls you’ll have and the more limitations you’ll have. Your footage will look better than the 8mm, but if you don’t shoot it well it’s going to suck no matter what you shoot it with.

Here’s a link with some HD cam’s under $300. Be advised, though the cam’s are cheap, they all use the AVCHD codec. You’ll need a system and software to deal with it. If you dig around, there are still some inexpensive DV and HDV tape based cam’s that will work just fine for what you’re trying to do for now.

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