Confused! Help pls :)

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by Laskina, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Laskina

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    Hi there

    I am looking to buy a new camcorder and have an idea of what I want to do with it - but dont know which camcorder I should get.

    I am looking to do the following .....

    - PC based editing only

    - Digital re-production only (i.e. the "finished product" would either be hosted on a website or put onto CD-ROM)
    - Mostly family type videos but may want to do a bit of semi-professional stuff (will have to dust off my director's chair!!!)
    - Still images not vital (I have a digital still camera)
    - Price wise - anything under £2,000

    I assume a miniDV based camcorder connecting via firewire to the PC would be the best option? Could I connect via USB (for downloading video)?

    So could you please help with some suggestions of which camcorders (or formats, etc) I should be considering :)

    Thanks :)
     
  2. EvilMudge

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    Can't help with specific camcorders, but £2000 buys you most of the semi-pro 3CCD cameras out there.

    For PC based editing the only format to go for is MiniDV. Sony also have a smaller version of this format called MicroMV, but the advantages size wise don't make the extra cost of the tapes worth it.

    Most if not all DV camcorders have a Firewire out, sorry you can't use USB 1/1.1, it's not fast enough for video. There may be USB 2.0 Camcorders out in the next year, but Firewire add-in cards are the same price as USB 2.0, so there isn't much to choose between them except what you connect them too.

    HTH
     
  3. jamesgrahamuk

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    If you want to splash out a little bit more then the Canon XL1s is very nice indeed.

    In the mid-range there is the Canon XM2, which is a more compact unit with similair(ish) optics, 3CCDs, blah, blah, blah. About £1600-ish, I think.

    Take a look at Creative Video.

    www.creativevideo.co.uk

    Not the absolute cheapest, but very good service.

    PS - FireWire is the only way to go.
     
  4. Laskina

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    Thanks for the advice :)

    I was stuck between the Sony DCR TRV50 or Canon MVX2I - both offered things I wanted at the right price.

    I have a Sony digital camera which users the same memory stick and battery - which kind of made the choice for me. Well, that and the wife said she didnt like the shape of the Canon.

    :)
     
  5. scott69

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    For your info. I got a firewire card and cable from www.dabs.com for
    £13.00 inc. delivery. It works great !
     

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