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    hey all,

    after being into videography for abit, mainly observeing and just reading on forums like this, and also abit of little clips myself on just my friends/familys cam corder.

    ive finnaly decided to look into geting my own cam, but really dont know enough to just go out and get one.
    i was hoping someone could give me some recommendations/advice.

    i plan on having this cam coder for awhile seeming i cant really fork out enough to get another.
    so im kinda after a decent one.

    i trust sony, and cannon, ive used both abit. And i use sony programs for editing.
    and as for my price range, well, i can stretch pretty far, all depends on if its worth it if u guys say so.

    anywho if anyone could give me a hand or anything, id be very thankfull.
    if you need to know anything more about what im after, ur free to ask.


    peace.

    (ps. i dont know if this is where i should of posted it >.<)

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    How much?

    What is the spec of your PC ?

    Whatever the answers above a fw things are must haves or not haves.

    A mic input is essential. Hard to find at value end of market.

    I strongly suggest you dont buy a hard drive camera that uses AVCHD compression - the video is barely editable.

    Cheap so called hi def cam corders are rubbish. No one rides for free.

    People in shops are liars and know nothing.

    High zooms are irrlevant.

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    What is your price range?
    Most computers can edit HDV footage.
    What format does your editing software support?

    High zooms are good if its an optical zoom, it's still better to walk up closer, less shaky and it looks "more 3d".

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    Ya - digital zoom is a sticker thing only designed to attract mooks and noobs.

    As for optical zoom - my suggestion is that for a small h held camera it is best to assume there is no zoom. The zoom rocker should be relabelled - 'shot screwing function'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smifis View Post
    High zooms are good if its an optical zoom, it's still better to walk up closer, less shaky and it looks "more 3d".
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    As for optical zoom - my suggestion is that for a small h held camera it is best to assume there is no zoom. The zoom rocker should be relabelled - 'shot screwing function'.
    My experience is contrary to this for two reasons:
    • A picture, to me, is more aesthetically pleasing when zoomed compared to physically close. It's also far easier to control. For example when framing a head shot, it's more easier to do so within a zoom.
    • It's normally not practical to get close to a subject without being annoying or getting in the way.
    So long as you can find something to steady the camera, you're fine at high ends. I often make use of walls, the ground, or anything else that's fastened to the ground. Never be afraid not to zoom, but never include the act of zooming in a finished product.

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    computer atm -
    amd 64 x2 dual core (4200+)
    2.2GHz, 4gig ram
    1.25tb hdd space

    just formated off vista, back to standard xp for better cpu% etc..

    im really into computer i basicly live off mine, this one is just something i made from scraps around my house, im geting a new build before the cam anyhow

    price range in AU dollar (im aus) - max $7.5K - $8K
    note that , thats max >.< anymore would be abit much for a first i thought?
    (but then again its not a cheap thing to get into)


    as for program sup. im not 100% sure, but ive been useing vegas premium 9, and vegas pro 8 for awhile.
    i havnt got any add-ons so it supports its default formats, which seems to be quite wide considering what ive thrown into it.



    zoom - i use zoom somewhat, it comes in handy time to time for me... but it depends on what you mean when you say 'high' zoom, im certain ur camera is x1000 better then any ive used.

    shop people - yea im 100% with you on that, they do know nothing. Thats why ive been geting to slowly know the stuff myself, and asking in a thread like such where to look and what not.


    as for tape type - ive read the threads on here over a few times about them, and i still cant work out what would be best for me.
    ill have to look into it some more.

    anywho thanks for the replies so far.
    any more stuff u want to know, free to ask.

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    DV tape is the best choice at the moment in my opinion for standard definition

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