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What type of HD camcorder would you recommend?


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#1 Joshua Mikael

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 02:49 PM

I am relatively new to HD and I want to film a 90-minute documentary on an HD camcorder.

Does anyone have any recommendations for an HD camcorder?

How does shooting in HD affect production & post-production costs?

Does the type of HD camcorder used affect production & post-production costs?


Many thanks...

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#2 J. Michael Whalen

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 02:46 AM

Josh,

Basically when you move to HD it's more of everything. More resolution... more drive space on a computer for editing...more money needed. To really see what it looks like you need to be able to have an HD playback monitor. All viewfinders on the camera are SD and you have to take into account that you are actually getting a lot more information than what you are looking at.

In my opinion I think that if you were to go with a sony z1u you'd be very pleased with the results, and since it was one of the first Prosumer mini HD cameras on the market the price has dropped a lot from even a year ago. The tapes are quite a bit more than any mini dv tape in terms of price, but the difference is easily seen.

Hope that helps.

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