Guru's right again - the main reason for having some flash camera is for the benefits it directly provides:
It looks important, so you get to the front of the crowd easier.
Three chip imagery is better than one-chip, so if you want big (very big) pictures projected, or maybe to go to 35mm film (at a cost, i'm told of about £250 a minute for the first generation), the technical advantage is worthwhile. Broadcasters also usually prefer 3-chip footage.
FTV was recently filmed as an example by a crew from ARD TV from Germany; they shot Betacam PLUS a little Sony palmcorder . . . and said that when editing, they downgraded the Sony material to make it look like camcorder stuff.
I really do think that people who want to make films, make films, whatever they make them with. I'd rather have a tripod with a very smooth p and t rather than a flash camera, and on the next FTV movie (story under construction now) will be paying much, much more attention to getting the sound right.
I use a Canon XL1S when I want people to walk around me, and a Sony TR950 when I don't care. The resultant footage is much the same.
Last edited by ChrisG; 06-03-2006 at 12:17 PM.
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