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You are correct. The Canon HV40 shoots 24P natively, in previous models it was an emulation (Pull Down).
Another useful resource is lynda,com (http://lynda.com ). Here you will find online training on all the video editing related software. In the process you will also learn quite a bit about video in general.
I have the Canon. I chose it exactly because it has an external mic input. It delivers excellent standard definition video quality. The video is ideal for putting on DVD.
If you are going to shoot your sister’s wedding you would need to seriously consider what you are going to do for sound. I was on a tight budget when I got my Canon and bought a wireless microphone system from Azden. That has worked well for me.
Take a Lynda.com course: http://www.lynda.com/home/DisplayCourse.aspx?lpk2=369
Obviously both Adobe and Apple products have their fans as seen from the many posts. In addition to editing, I also have to create the other marketing materials. So I use the full Adobe suite, including InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop. Their integration and common user interface makes it worthwhile.
You can use an XLR-BP adapter from Studio 1, which allows you to connect any combination of two microphones (xlr, mini jack, powered or unpowered) to any camcorder with a standard 1/8″ mic input jack http://www.studio1productions.com/xlr-bp.htm
Alternatively you can use the Azden CAM-3 three mic mixer. They cost about $45 from Amazon
HeidiApril 1, 2010 at 10:35 PM in reply to: What equipment do I need to record a church service? #197007
I have used a Canon ZR 900 (i think it is now the ZR950) at the back of the church on a very inexpensive tripod. The camcorder costs about $200, has 20x zoomand has an external microphone input. I use the Azden wireless mic which costs about $200 and avoids the church-like echo sound. The downside is that it is a tape-based camera (which has many other advantages) but if your service is longer than an hour, you would have to change tape. It can be edited with MovieMaker, iMovie, or Premiere Elements quite easily.
I can’t afford that kind of camera. Here is a list of middle of the range cameras: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-pro-semipro-camcorders/
Personally I can’t afford those either although I am working towards that. Currently I use a Canon HV40 which gives me HDV and has an input for an external microphone (a must) and so far I have been happy with the results. It costs about $1000 here in Canada but I think you can get it for much less in the US.
HeidiMarch 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM in reply to: HD video format and camcorder of choice for event videographers #193874
It is not clear from your posting what experience you actually have. You mentioned “we will shoot” so I assume that you are not alone in the project. Making How To DVD’s has a lot of potential provided that you find the proper niche.
You may want to check out this website:http://www.bmyers.comIt is dedicated to the business of making How To videos.
A simple solution that you might consider is using a Chinese lantern, those big round paper-covered lamps that were the rage at one time. They are lightweight, cost little, and give diffuse light.
As promised, here is my feedback. After much ado I finally got my Adobe Master Collection installed on Windows 7. Everything seems to be working just fine, and the crashing, touch wood, no longer seem to happen.
I have had long experience with Adobe Support since upgrading to CS4! They are very responsive but really not helpful at all – many hours wasted! At one point they also suggested that I create a new user account which made me loose all my video until I foung out via Google how to get my administrator account back – again another day wasted.
It seemed to be that the Adobe products share two Windows services: Photoshop Import Server, and Video whatever server. In my case they caused the crash, presumably, according to Microsoft, because I had run out of resources or there was a bad sector on the hard drive, or it is a trojan virus of some kind.
So I have now bought a new computer with Windows 7 and more RAM and hard drive. I did do a virus scan and found a Trojan which I have removed.
Now I am busy with the daunting task of reinstalling Adobe Master Collection – Adobe Support did send me a new copy in case there was a problem with my disks. I will report back hopefully by tomorrow if the problem has been resolved. If not, I am switching to Sony Vegas and cutting my losses. Which would be too bad as up until CS3 I have been so happy with Adobe!
I have just recently experienced the same problem. CS4 still works fine on other projects but on this one particular project, CS4 simply disappears after loading the project, no error message, no “blue screen” crash, nothing…! So it is not possible to faultfind either. The only thing about the project is that I am using a lot of stills.
Someone has suggested creating a new project and importing the resources again but I have not had time to try that. I have done the Google thing and Adobe forum but have not come up with a solution.
Making your movies is certainly more exciting than spending hours on the couch!
I would like to suggest a dual approach:
1) Don’t spend your all your money on the camcorder at this point. Get experience first. I would suggest getting the Canon ZR960. It is a miniDV camcorder which will allow you to easily upload and edit your video on MovieMaker (PC) or iMovie on Apple. The ZR960 also allows you to use an external microphone, one of the few at that price that do.
2) Spend $20 and buy “The Little Digital Video Book”
This will give you an excellent start, and leave some money for pizza while you are out shooting video – also very important.