Hi, first of all let me introduce myself; my name's Paul and I'm currently looking into creating a short film.
I've been working with video for years now but haven't shot that much myself, I've have had a story running around my head for a few years and feel that it's time to try and get it onto the screen.
I have all the software I should need already on my Macs (Final Cut Studio 2, Shake and a few other tools), I have a Sony Mini DV camcorder already and bought a JVC Everio GZ-HD7E HD Camcorder earlier this year to shoot some conferences for a client which worked really well.
The Sony isn't suitable at all for this of course and I find that the JVC isn't that great in low light conditions and even though it claims to be 1080p I don't think the picture quality is that hot and I could do with something half decent for when I start my short film.
I'm working on a number of CGI shots at the moment which are looking really good so I want the real footage to look as good and not look out of place.
The problem is that I have no clue what I should be looking for or how much I should be spending; I would like to get a HD camera as I don't want to have to upgrade in the near future so something that will give me a good cinematic feel and will still have a little life in it after a few years time.
I have looked at the Sony HVR V1E but am not sure if it's the best option so any advice would be appreciated.