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Need video camera information


Post by Charles L. Cotton » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:55 pm

I need a video camcorder for use in making videos for a website and possibly for burning onto a CD or DVD. From what little research I've done, it appears that it isn't necessary to spend $4,000 or more since most of the work will be done with software editing. So, I want an HD camcorder, but I also don't want to spend more than is necessary. I also can't decide on what type of storage I want.

Here is what I can provide at this point:

1. The camcorder must have aux. audio input (built in microphone won't work);
2. The raw video will be edited either with Apple based software (I don't know what she uses) or Flash 8 Professional;
3. Video for the website will be .flv;
4. Recording duration is hard to say, but at least 1 hr; and I need the ability to offload that onto a laptop and continue recording.

That's all I can think of now about the camcorder.

I also think I should get a small, i.e. easily portable, sound mixer, if that would help me get better audio, especially for outdoor recording. I'd like opinions and recommendations on that also.


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Post by gigag04 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:58 pm

I've heard good things about Canon's Vixia line.

For external audio, I would opt for a small M-Audio or Mackie based board, over the cheaper Behringer brands.
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Post by G.A. Heath » Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:18 pm

Next time I see my friend Chad Terry I will ask him what he recommends, he is a professional in the field (he was the director, among other duties, for Ammo and Attitude).
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Post by gwashorn » Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:27 am

Charles, I see you had one during the Forum day. Did you find one? You mention other needs here as well. I have been wanting to talk to you or who evey about volunteering some of my time for video projects since that is one of my side line work arenas. I used to do more, corporate and training videos etc. Of course the dreaded wedding to make some money too. But let me know.

There are some nice small ones as I saw you had last Saturday. However, you mention outdoor audio, mixer and such meaning you need different type mics, how to acquire and then get into the camera for frame accurate audio etc. Maybe we can just catch up sometime and I can show and go over some thoughts. This would make me finally finishing putting my recording studio back together and actually use it more.

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Post by VMI77 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:35 am

Have you considered DSLR's with HD capability? --they allow you to use different lenses and make more filmic images. Canon, Nikon, and Pentax all have various models --here's the Pentax: ... 0Recording

Supplemental audio along these lines: ... Audio.html

Sound input on the camera doesn't really matter if you're going to capture audio separately --as with the recorder above-- and mix in the video editor.
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