My husband and I are in the process of setting up a small video production company offering a 'make your own pop video' experience for kid's birthday parties.
I have experience of art directing in my day job (stills photography though, not video) and am confident with the editing side of things but have no experience whatsoever of shooting video.
The partner of an ex workmate (a pro cameraman) suggested a Sony PD150 but it appears to be no longer in production and I'd rather not buy second hand as, knowing nothing at all about them, I'd like the back up of a warranty.
I'd like to shoot in HD and I'm thinking onto memory stick would be safest so if there are multiple shoots on a day/week I can keep each shoot separate/safe until it's been edited.It needs to download in a standard format that can be worked on in imovie/final cut etc.
We will be recording vocals separately so the quality of the inbuilt mic isn't crucial. Depending on the size of the studio a wide angle option might be an advantage.
I've read up a little on here that I should largely ignore the term 'professional' but, since we're going to be charging folk money it kind of needs to look the part. I like the look of the Sony semi-professional but don't really want to spend £1,800 (I'd like to keep it below £1,000 if I can.)
I'd be really grateful to hear if anybody could recommend something fairly easy to use (I have roughly 4 months to get to grips with it) that will produce good quality footage.
PS Please be gentle with me