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Thanks Earl for the great post! I have a few questions though:
- What is the resolution of the Panasonic and Epson projectors? Or the model numbers?
- I am assuming that you do SD projections for these events. Do you do wide screen projections?
The little mic you refer to is a lavalier mic, or simply called a lav mic. They can either be wired or wireless. The Azden system I recommended is wireless. The person being interviewed has box (the transmitter) with the lav mic attached appropriately to his/her shirt. Then the second box (the receiver) is mounted on top of your camera and its output is plugged into the microphone jack on the camera.
This video describes the system and shows how to use it with the Canon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYlhDGrw_eA)
Yes, the Canon HV40 will accept wireless microphones. I have been using these with success:
You could also use the more expensive Sennheiser UHF wireleaa mic system if you budget allows.
Camera, microphones, and editing software will cost you quite a bit more than $3k.
As to microphones, you can buy very good consumer-level wireless microphones ideal for the kind of interviews you mentioned from Azden.
You don’t mention what type of computer you have. If PC, i would recommend Adobe Premiere Elements, for the Apple Final Cut Express. Both of these will allow you later to move up to their professional equivalents – although they allow you to produce really professional videos in their own right
Based on your post, I think you are interested but have a steep learning curve ahead of you! As you don’t “have a ton of money” and only a few days to Christmas, your deadline, may I suggest the following:
1) Canon HV40. It will shoot both HD and SD, won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and it will take external microphones when you are ready for that.
2) Buy The Little Digital Video Book – this will make your learning curve easier and actually enjoyable.
Adobe runs very well, no problems. I really appreciate how easy it is to use the other modules like Soundbooth, Photoshop etc – it is really well integrated.
The Techica AT897 is a great microphone. I use a less expensive microphone from Azden, as well as their wireless lavalier mic that has worked well for me. The Canon HV40 does not have XLR microphone inputs. If you want to use XLR microphones, you would need an additional mixer/converter. So far I have not had a need for that.
You don’t mention what you are going to do with your new system. It would help to know so that perhaps I could give you better advice.
Whew! You have done a lot of research – too much perhaps. So relax. I have been using the Canon HV40 for nearly a year now and I love it. I am glad I opted for a minidv again as it has advantages overdisk and card based cameras.
I have been editing the HDV videos with Adobe Master Collection on a computer that is older than yours. I have upgraded the RAM to 3GB (sort of the max for an XP machine). You do need a firewire connection though.I had a WD 1TB drive, and wanted to buy a second one, but my local store were out of stock so I got a LaCie and it works just fine too.
So I guess the bottom line is that there are many choices but yours is quite reasonable so go for it. You will gain wonderful experience and can always upgrade later if you feel you need to.
Two comments. 1) If you plan to do several videos for a group of realtors, it helps to also do a profile of the neighborhood – ie a short video of why it is a good neighborhood to live in (showcase schools, parks, shopping, etc). So in essence you do a video for each realtor at the company, a profile of the neighborhood, and then, hopefully, a video of each house that is for sale.
2) some of the transitions are quite jarring. It seems that you fade to white. A straigh cut would be better, or a crossdissolve if you have to use a transition.
Your budget of $400 is quite a constraint. You could find good used camcorders, such as the Canon HV30, for that price. Problems with chroma key is usually due to either the screen and/or the lighting rather than your camcorder.
Enjoy looking for a new camera, it is always fun.
HeidiNovember 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM in reply to: Looking for advice on a couple different camcorders #180824
You don’t mention what you want to use the camera for. An entry-levelprosumer camcorder (Canon XHA1 as an example) will cost you closer to $3000.
I also own a Canon HV40. It is a very good camcorder and will hapily shoot both high definition and standard definition.I canrecommend it. It will allow you to gain experience while shooting great video.November 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM in reply to: Want to step into the pro sumer market…… I think?? #173873
Have a look at this little book – The Little Digital Video Book (http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321572629). It could help you clarify your goals and shed some light on how to turn your home movies into quality videos even with an inexpenside SD camera.
I have a ZR900 and the resulting video is quite sharp. Not sure what you mean exactly by “run through your editing system” but that should not make a difference.
Here are some possible causes.
1) your video might be slightly out of focus and this is not so noticeable on the small camera display but becomes more visible on the computer monitor
2) you have output your video to DVD which by nature has lower resolution than the original video.
No, I was not capturing to the Cdrive. I found a forum that discusses the same issue (http://forums.adobe.com/thread/419513?start=50&tstart=0)but I am not able to figure out what the solution is.
Well, I tried it and I could position the camcorder by ignoring the pin. One would have to tighten the screw quite a bit to make sure it does not move around on the plate.
Thanks for the suggestion of the aluminum plate, but I am afraid that is out of my skill set 🙁
The slot on the plate is quite long, but the position of the camcorder on the plate is determined by the pin on the plate.