I was shunned from cinematography.com because of being a noob (my question is). So maybe ill get some help here, here is my post:
I want to invest as much as 5k in a camera and computer. I am going to try to do some weddings to regain some money but its not my ultimate goal, but bad lighting i guess is something to consider in the meantime.
My goal is to have the best setting possible that gives me good quality, I guess thats defined by the budget, but I have a day job, so what I am really interested in is: losing the least amount of time on compression, decompression, transforming from one format into another, but at the same time I'm willing to spend more time if I can work with HD on this system (and if the budget allows it). I want to keep it very simple, just shoot, transfer into PC, edit (HD prefferably), and produce a DVD (blue ray or HD DVD if not impossible). Oh and i want the final product to be on 16:9.
To recap: Camera with 16:9, 3ccd, good handling low light, under $3,500.00, records in a ready-to-use format for Adobe Premiere CS3 (or another suggested software with minimal loss of quality, or with mininal loss of time to transfer into another format if necessary). It its capable of producing an HD final product it would be a super plus.
So, what would be the best camera?
Sony HDR-FX7 http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-FX7-High-De...0743&sr=1-1
Canon XH A1 http://www.amazon.com/Canon-XH-A1-High-Def...0836&sr=1-1
Canon XL2Canon XL2
Panasonic Pro AG-DVX100B
Panasonic Pro AG 100b
Gateway GT3076m $1,300 aprox
. Procesador Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E43001
. Windows Vista® Home Premium Original 2
. Monitor Gateway® LCD de 22" (widescreen HD)
. Memoria DDR2 de 2GB de canal dual
. Unidad de disco duro SATA II de 400GB a 7200rpm3
. Unidad de DVD±RW 16x multiformato de doble capa
Will it work with an INTEL 950 video card (default) or am i gonna have to put a Video card in it? It has PCIx16 ready.
Dell Precision 390 (as is) $1,500 aprox
Core 2 duo E4300
Nvidia Quadro FX550 128mb
Which editing software?
Is Adobe Premiere CS3 the best option for mr? (consider las vegas, pinnacle, avid possibly).
I know i am answering my own question here.. but help me out, all i can see is the specs and tech, i know there is more to it than what i can conclude by reading tech reports and prices.
And what would be the average price to pay for a wedding 1h video with this equipment, with an average editor (i mean, what should i charge per wedding if i manage to work one.?.. hehe.
Please post your recommended equip combo for my needs, thanks.