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While the JVC GR-HD1 High Definition Digital Video is in my price range. I think I am going to go with the Panasonic AG-DVC20 3CCD 1/6" Professional MinivDV Camcorder. I just feel the 3 ccd’s are worth the extra $239.95 over the Panasonic AG-DVC7 Professional 1/4-Inch CCD Mini DV Camcorder.
I am woking with my local historic society with aspirations of producing some Ken Burns style documentaries for cable, DVD and the Internet. The venue’s we are producing for do not demand HDV and I do not feel the material we are working with would not stand up to the scrutiny of HDV. While the Mathew Brady type photo’s from 1800’s may stand up to some panning and scanning in HDV, I doubt the instamatic brand photo’s of the 60’s and 70’s would.
I also have to agree with Ken H. Because I have so much to learn about the basic elements of camera work, lighting, editing and audio recording, I really do not feel I have to be an early adopter on this one. I am still on Sony Vegas 5 which was a big expense for me from …what was it originally …Sonic Foundry for $99. Vegas 5 appears to allow you to render in HDV, but I am just getting comfortable with the AVI-MPEG2-MPEG4 and DIVX formats in relation to the software.So I think I will wait for the release of Vega 12 before I drop more $$$ and head into the HDV arena. However I am afraid that anything I do today in standard definition will be as dated as a Handy film in tommorrow’s High Def world…. but that may add to the charm of it all:-)
As for the tempting convenience of a hard drive camera, it would mean editing an MPEG2 file which I am leary of. Oh, but how nice to just cut and paste a two hour video ready for DVD.