I am going to be studying abroad next semester, and am arranging an independent study with my university in which I plan on making a short film that shows what it's like to study abroad for future students that are interested in the program.
I am trying to figure out what the best kind of camera I should get is, along with a method to send video back to my home campus through the internet. My teacher suggested shooting on Mini-DV and sending home the tapes, but I want to keep a copy of the tapes with me. Also, digitizing takes a while. I am thinking of getting a Hard Drive camera, but I have been reading it compresses the image quality, which could be an issue for a film. However, would it compress it enough that it would be better off for me to get mini-dv and digitize or would a hard drive camera work well off enough? I don't need absolutely amazing production values because this is ultimately a student film.
Then, if I go the hard drive route or I figure out a way to digitize while abroad, how could I send the video files through the internet back to my home university. I have been looking into sharing the files on xdrive.com, and sending them through Skype or AIM. However, I am unsure how reliable they are with large files and it appears that I won't really know until I have such footage already.
I am open to any and all suggestions because outside of a Television class I took last year, I am very new to browsing for camcorders and completely new to finding ways to send large video files through the internet. Sorry that the message is long, but there's a lot I really don't know and need relatively basic information. Thank you.